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Regional emergency management forum to focus on changes after 9/11 tragedies

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office will host the 10th annual Oak Ridge Regional Emergency Management Forum on Sept 8.

This year’s theme is “Ten Years After 9/11: Changes in America.”

Activities will begin at 8 a.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

The DOE at Oak Ridge and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency collaborated to sponsor this year’s forum in the Y-12 New Hope Center, Oak Ridge.  

Keynote speakers include Richard Serino, deputy administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, who will speak about the changes in America 10 years after the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedies.

Also speaking will be Rick Maier, special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cincinnati Division, who will discuss the impacts to the Pentagon on and after the tragedies.  

“We are proud to co-host the forum with TEMA and bring this important information to the public and surrounding communities,” said Pauline Douglas, assistant manager for security and emergency management at DOE’s Oak Ridge offices.

“Since 9/11, the emergency response community has improved communication and response measures that make each of us safer,” she said.

“Hosting this forum allows emergency response personnel and the public to share past experiences, new technologies, and emerging trends in emergency management techniques.”

An estimated 75 indoor and outdoor exhibits will highlight the emergency management community’s newest technologies and services.

There will also be opportunities to view demonstrations and separate exhibits showcasing steel taken from the World Trade Center debris of 9/11.   

The opening general session will begin at 9 a.m., followed by three sets of afternoon breakout sessions.  

There will also be a closing general session at 4 p.m.  Exhibits will be open for viewing from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This year’s forum topics include:

• Emergency response at the Pentagon on 9/11

• DOE’s activities during the 9/11 events

• DOE Oak Ridge Reservation site briefings

• Report on Tennessee’s 2010-11 natural phenomena events

• U.S. radiological response to the 2011 Japan earthquake

• Security and Emergency Management challenges in the next ten years

Visit the forum website  at www.oakridge.doe.gov/oremforum, or contact Stuart Bayne at 865-576-9752 or the DOEPublic Affairs Office at 865-576-0885 for emergency forum details.