ACCP Sessions


Planning for the Ultimate Disaster: Lessons Learned in Oklahoma City Friday, November 10, 2000 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Speaker: Sam C. Gonzales

    Mr. Gonzales, former Chief of Police for Oklahoma City during the bombing of the Federal Building, will provide a multi-media presentation on the incident, and cover the many lessons learned that are important to the professional contingency planner: Logistical support, medical issues, mental health concerns for emergency responders and the community, management of volunteers at disaster sites, dealing with the media, and crime scene preservation in complex disasters. This is one of the most thorough and riveting presentations on disaster management that attendees will ever see.

The Public Health Consequences of Terrorism Friday, November 10, 2000 3:40 – 4:40 p.m.

Speaker: Mark Keim, MD

    Participants will gain an awareness of terrorism within the context of modern technological disasters. Attendees will become familiar with new trends and characteristics of terrorist violence, as well as the public health implications that may be associated with the terroristic events.

Interagency Coordination of International Crisis and Emergency Management Friday, November 10, 2000 4:45 – 5:45 p.m.

Speaker: William H. Lyerly, Jr.

    The requirement for enhanced interagency coordination is at the very heart of the American College of Contingency Planners’ mission. Mr. Lyerly’s presentation will focus on the challenges associated with multi-agency response in complex international emergencies, and will include recommendations on how to streamline command and control functions to optimize response time and the provision of support services.

Federal Response to Domestic Disasters Saturday, November 11, 2000 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Speaker: Stephen G. Sharro

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency functions as the U.S. Lead Agent for response to domestic disasters and large-scale emergencies. They play a singularly vital role in coordinating the many response assets available to support populations affected by complex emergencies. Mr. Sharro will provide an overview of how Federal emergency response assets are marshaled and coordinated for use in support of emergency events.

Lessons from Political-Military Planning: A Brief History Saturday November 11, 2000 9:10 – 10:10 a.m.

Speaker: Dennis Skocz, MD

    Attendees will learn how to apply the lessons and methods of broad-gauged, Washington level interagency planning for complex contingencies to the short-fused, intense operational planning needed for humanitarian emergencies. Additionally, Dr. Skocz – a former Fulbright Scholar – will suggest a process and a paradigm that can be used to address and minimize key problems associated with planning for and managing humanitarian emergencies in time critical evolutions.

Lessons Learned: Case Studies in Recent Crises in Latin America, the Caribbean, Soerra Leone and Kosovo Saturday November 11, 2000 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Nancy Mock               LTC Joanne McGovern, MS,USC

              LTC John David Vassallo, RAMC

    As part of its support to the United States Southern Command, Tulane’s Center for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance is developing a framework for the systematic comparison of crises and disaster events for distilling lessons learned. Recent case studies reviewed include Hurricanes Mitch/ Georges, the Venezuelan foods and the Ecuadorian volcanic activity. The presenttion stresses the importance of a more systematic approach to case study analysis and views the findings from recent case studies.

    Dr. Vassallo will offer an inside look at two separate humanitarian crises – an international perspective on humanitarian support, and will probe how one of our principal allies deals with the enormous challenges associated public health emergencies in large, fractured populations.

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