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Thursday, May 1, 2003

County Training Sessions to Focus on Role of Local Officials During Crisis

Local government officials are being invited back to the classroom to participate in a two hour emergency management training session that specifically addresses the roles of key policy makers. Incident Management for Executives, one of the first such training opportunities to be offered in New Jersey, will be presented on May 7 at 7 PM and on May 8 at 8:30 AM at the Anthony Canale Training Center, 5033 English Creek Road, Egg Harbor Township.

According to County Executive Dennis Levinson, most officials such as mayors, councilmen and administrators, do not typically participate in an emergency on-scene command structure although they play a vital role and provide essential support. "This training is intended to discuss their specific roles and how they contribute to the overall emergency plan," stated Levinson. "Cooperation is the key. We believe this kind of training will greatly enhance our response capabilities."

Representatives from the Atlantic County Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP) will conduct the sessions. The course is a result of their work with federal, state and municipal agencies to develop emergency plans and conduct emergency exercises.

Approximately 168 officials have been invited to the training which is being offered twice at different times in an effort to accommodate as many participants as possible.

For more information, please contact Howard J. Kyle at (609) 343-2223.

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