Summit on disaster preparedness

4/4/2014, 6:15 a.m.

Residents, business owners, and community and agency leaders concerned about emergency preparedness can attend a Vulnerable Population Stakeholders’ Summit on April 10 at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center in Decatur.

Dr. William L. Waugh Jr., Disaster and Emergency Management professor emeritus at Georgia State University, is the keynote speaker for the 8:30 a.m.-to-2 p.m. meeting sponsored by the Office of Emergency Preparedness, DeKalb Board of Health.

The summit includes a panel discussion with specialists in disaster/emergency management, behavioral health, refugee and immigrant services, and the Division of Family and Children Services. They will cover emergency operations plans and building community partnerships.

Communication systems and information gathering also are on the agenda. Lunch will be provided.

The DeKalb Board of Health’s Office of Emergency Preparedness protects the public’s health during intentional or natural emergencies. These include terrorism attacks caused by the release of biological, chemical or radiological agents and natural disasters such as a tornado. It also partners with individuals, neighborhoods, faith groups, schools and others to help them understand the role everyone plays during an emergency.

Visit www.dekalbhealth.net/office-of-emergency-preparedness.

The Porter Sanford Center is at 3181 Rainbow Drive. For more information, call Brittany Luckey at 404-297-7233.