Lt. Gov. Sheehy Previews 2011 Nebraska Infrastructure Protection Conference

Lt. Gov. Sheehy Previews 2011 Nebraska Infrastructure Protection Conference
Business & private industry invited to summit in LaVista – April 11 &12

Lincoln, Neb. – April 4, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy announced the line-up for the 2011 Nebraska Infrastructure Protection Conference (NIPC). Nebraska businesses and private industry representatives are encouraged to participate in the conference taking place Monday and Tuesday, April 11 and 12, at the LaVista Conference Center, located at 12520 Westport Pkwy.

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“The conference brings together government and industry representatives to provide an update on Nebraska’s emergency planning initiatives,” Lt. Gov. Sheehy said, who serves as director of homeland security for Nebraska. “We want our business community to plan ahead for emergencies that can impact their operations. This event is an opportunity for private sector leaders to access information that is helpful in preparing business continuity plans.”

This year, conference participants will join state and nonprofit leaders in an additional training opportunity. The Meta-Leadership Summit for Preparedness will be held in conjunction with the 2011 Nebraska Infrastructure Planning Conference. Nebraska is one of several hosts selected for the summit this spring, which has been held in 30 communities nationwide and is presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the CDC Foundation, the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative – Harvard School of Public Health, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Dr. Leonard J. Marcus, co-director of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health, will lead the Meta-Leadership Summit. The summit is an opportunity to bring representatives of government, business and nonprofit organizations together to strengthen planning and ensure an effective response to emergencies.

Dr. Marcus said, “In our research of catastrophic events in this country and around the world we have found that leadership matters. Lives are saved when leaders effectively prepare for and then respond to disasters. We have also found that in the absence of leadership, the impact of a disaster is compounded. This summit brings to Nebraska the fruit of that global experience and research – the meta-leadership model.”

The NIPC agenda will include a presentation on the FBI’s latest terrorism threat assessment and an overview of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. Weysan Dun, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Nebraska-Iowa office, and Special Agent Eric J. Swanson will focus on ways citizens and community organizations can partner with law enforcement.

A session led by Brian Blake, earthquake program manager with the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium, will focus on the history and possible implications of earthquakes occurring in the central U.S.

Garry Briese of The Center for New Media and Resiliency will highlight the benefits of emergency planning that considers essentials such as communications, transportation, power, and water. Dr. Fredrick Eriksen will discuss the basics of electromagnetic pulse generation and how to evaluate the need for security to protect information and critical infrastructure systems.

Other topics include violence in the workplace with a presentation from Dr. Mario Scalora, an expert in threat assessment with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Association of Threat Awareness Professionals.

Started in 2005, the Nebraska Infrastructure Protection Conference provides information that helps businesses and organizations protect critical infrastructure. It is hosted by the Lt. Governor and U.S. Attorney for the District of Nebraska Deborah Gilg, and is coordinated by the Center for Preparedness Education in Nebraska.

Both events are open to anyone interested in the issues facing organizations in preparing for large scale emergencies. A $95 registration fee covers participation in the Nebraska Infrastructure Protection Conference. Registration is available online at www.nipc.us. There is no cost to attend the Meta-Leadership Summit and registration is available at http://meta-leadershipsummit.org/Omaha.

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