Online symposium will address local response to threat of terrorism

Local officials in every community should be taking steps to guard against possible terrorist threats, and to prepare to respond in case such an attack does occur.

October 25, 2001 — Local officials in every community should be taking steps to guard against possible terrorist threats, and to prepare to respond in case such an attack does occur.

Between November 13-19, 2001, the Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI) will conduct an online event focusing on what small- and medium-sized communities can do to prepare for and cope with the threat of terrorism.

The program will be moderated by Lawrence J. Hogan, a former U.S. Congressman from Maryland, county executive, and FBI agent. He is the editor of a recently published book, Terrorism: Defensive Strategies for Individuals, Companies, and Governments.

The authors presenting papers during the program include:

* Lt. John Kane, Sacramento, CA, police department -"The Role of Local Police in Terrorism"

* Robert Thetford, former FBI agent and co-founder of the Institute for Criminal Justice Education-"Cyberterrorism"

* Richard Evans, former public works director, San Francisco, California-"Public Works and Terrorism"

* Timothy R.S. Campbell, consultant on emergency services and public safety- "The Role of the Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services, and Emergency Management in Terrorism"

* Dr. Vaughn Wagner, assistant professor of environmental health sciences, Salisbury University, Salisbury, Maryland-"Biological and Chemical Terrorism"

To learn more about the symposium, visit the Web site:

http://www.riskinstitute.org/symposium_signup.asp

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