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Nov. 8, 2005

Terrorism Preparedness Program Set For Nov. 10

A program discussing terrorism awareness and prevention, with a particular focus on preparedness efforts in Iowa, will be presented from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in room 5236 of the Westlawn Building on the University of Iowa campus. The program is free and open to the public, and will be broadcast live over the Iowa Communications Network and via streaming video on the Web.

Presentations will be made Stu Turner, mitigation recovery planner with the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division; and Brian Bales, intelligence research specialist for the U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Iowa. Topics to be covered include differences between transnational terrorism and domestic terrorism, precautions businesses and organizations can take to protect against intentional or natural disasters, and the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division's work on infrastructure protection and private-public preparedness efforts.

This program is part of the fall 2005 Grand Rounds series sponsored by the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness (UMCPHP). Advanced registration is requested and may be completed online at http://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/icphp/grand_rounds/current_session. Links to the live Web broadcast, as well as archives of past presentations, are available on the center's site.

In addition, UI Television (UITV) also will be showing the archived presentation. More information about the UITV service area and program schedule can be found on the UITV Web site, http://www.its.uiowa.edu/tns/videoservices/uitv.htm.

The presentation is sponsored by the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness, Institute for Public Health Practice, UI College of Public Health, Iowa Association of Local Public Health Agencies, Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Hospital Association and Iowa Medical Society. UMCPHP is funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information on the Grand Rounds series, contact Angela Harding, program assistant in the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness, at 319-335-8451 or by e-mail at angela-harding@uiowa.edu.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

MEDIA CONTACT: Debra Venzke, 319-335-9647, debra-venzke@uiowa.edu