Disaster Preparedness -- Where We Are:
Events of 911 have heightened the nation's awareness to our vulnerability to the unthinkable - terrorism on U.S. soil. Here in Texas, we have felt the devastating effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Texas Health Institute has assumed a leadership role in developing initiatives in the area of disaster preparedness and response. From hosting Texas' first policy forum educating state legislators and other policymakers on bioterrorism preparedness, to developing a training document for hospital personnel and regional disaster planners on disaster preparedness, THI has been actively involved in preparing our state.
Public Health Leadership in Disaster Response Trainings:
On August 31, 2006, THI completed the Leadership in Disaster Response Trainings that were conducted around Texas in July and August.
The Department of State Health Services contracted with the Institute to conduct eight Public Health Leadership in Disaster Response training sessions targeting all disaster response stakeholders. The classes were held in each of Texas' Public Health Regions. Trainings were conducted in Lubbock, Austin, Arlington, Midland, San Antonio, Harlingen, Tyler and Houston.
Texas Health Institute would like to thank Garry McDaniel,Ed.D., Michael W. Proctor, M.D., Dennis Perrotta, PhD., David Herrera, M.D., Mary des Vignes-Kendrick, M.D., and Scott Lillibridge, M.D. for serving as our trainers throughout the summer.
If you would like more information, please contact Liza Creel at 512-279-3906 or email: Liza Creel