Emergency managers to gather in Lead

Terrorist doctrine, the role of volunteers in disasters, and rapid assessment of needs in disasters and emergencies are among agenda topics for the annual conference of the South Dakota Emergency Management Association in Lead from Sept. 10-13.

 The annual meeting is an opportunity for emergency managers from South Dakota counties and reservations, staff with the South Dakota Office of Emergency Management and others involved in disasters to stay abreast of new developments in their field.

"South Dakota's citizens should know that emergency managers and others who respond to disasters and emergencies make continuing education a priority,'' said Frank Maynard, president of the South Dakota Emergency Management Association. "All of us involved in emergency management understand that our response is more professional and effective if we take advantage of opportunities to gain knowledge and then apply that knowledge when we respond to problems.''

The conference opens on Monday, Sept. 10, with presentations by the Sanford Laboratory at Homestake, the South Dakota Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) and State Radio Communications. The Office of Emergency Management will review the 2011 flooding in South Dakota.

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, a day-long class on rapid-needs assessment will be offered by Blue Cell with Todd Manns.

On Wednesday, Sept. 12, John Giduck of the Colorado-based Archangel Group will provide an eight-hour presentation on terrorist doctrine. This presentation is free and open to emergency responders, law enforcement and other interested parties.

The Wednesday evening banquet features South Dakota Public Safety Secretary Trevor Jones as speaker and is highlighted by recognition of the Emergency Manager of the Year.

The conference ends Thursday morning, Sept. 13, with National Communication System speaker Steve Barrett, a state Office of Emergency Management presentation, regional meetings and the annual SDEMA business meeting. Conference events will be at the Days Inn-Golden Hills Convention Center.

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