Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Upstate AHEC Collaborates with the Upstate Healthcare Coalition for Emergency Response Conference

Upstate AHEC will collaborate with the Upstate Healthcare Coalition to sponsor a one day conference entitled, “Improving Mass Fatality Management in the Upstate: How Do We Work Together?” on March 13, 2015 at the Hilton Greenville to a target audience of disaster response professionals within the Upstate Region of South Carolina.  The goal of the symposium is to educate emergency response providers on the available resources and responsibilities of numerous disaster response agencies and community partners.   

Often in the event of major disasters, various response agencies are not fully informed as to each piece of the disaster response umbrella.  This symposium will serve as an information exchange outlet in order to create a more thorough response system and a more unified regional disaster response team.  

The need for training is paramount in the field of disaster response.  Keeping all responding partners up to date regarding the latest services and resources is critical for effective and comprehensive response to the community, during both manmade and natural disasters.  Including representatives from all response partners, this symposium will be a critical component to information and resource sharing. 

As a result of this symposium, partner agencies will be knowledgeable regarding each of the response agencies that exist in each upstate county, as well as how to access services in a timely and effective manner.  Attendees will also leave the symposium with an understanding of how all pieces of this puzzle fit together and will share information learned with their home agencies.  This will increase the collaboration and effective use of services for the region. 

To learn more about the symposium, please contact Bennie Pettit at bpettit@upstateahec.org.

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