CONTACT: DEBRA VENZKE
UI COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Release: Dec. 6, 2002
Emergencies in Iowa is topic of Dec. 12 presentation
Floods, tornadoes, plane crashes and other disasters require emergency management,
the coordinated response by local, state and federal government agencies as
well as volunteer organizations and businesses. New threats of terrorism emphasize
the need for a strong system of emergency response within the state of Iowa.
On Dec. 12, Jerry L. Ostendorf, chief of the Readiness and Response Bureau
of the Iowa Emergency Management Division, will present, "Emergencies
in Iowa: Operations and Command Systems." Mary Jones, interim deputy
director of the Iowa Department of Public Health, will also be available for
comment. The free lecture will be from noon to 1 p.m. in the Raymond R. Rembolt
Conference Room, Center for Disabilities and Development (formerly University
Hospital School) at the University of Iowa. The lecture also will be broadcast
over the Iowa Communications Network.
"The presentation will center on how 'multi-hazard' planning prior
to Sept. 11 of last year has developed the foundation for responding to Homeland
Security incidents," said Gregory Gray, Ph.D., UI professor of epidemiology.
"It will also highlight new challenges and focal points with new partners."
Ostendorf has served as the readiness and response bureau chief since 1987.
His primary responsibilities include Homeland Security policies and procedures,
Emergency Management Assistance Compact activations, and Federal Response
Plan coordination with federal partners. He has served as chief of operations
and state coordinating officer for the state of Iowa through 15 presidential
disaster declarations and hundreds of governor-declared disasters.
The presentation is part of the Grand Rounds series sponsored by the Iowa
Center for Public Health Preparedness (ICPHP), based in the UI College of
Public Health. Advanced registration for the lecture is requested and may
be completed online at www.public-health.uiowa.edu/icphp/.
The public health Grand Rounds series is sponsored by the ICPHP and the
Iowa Association of Local Public Health Agencies. The ICPHP is funded by a
grant from the CDC through a cooperative agreement with the Association of
Schools of Public Health. For more information about the Grand Rounds series,
contact Shari Heick at (319) 335-6994.