Nov. 26, 2001

CONTACT: Ward Mullens






YPSILANTI - National, state and local officials will join Eastern Michigan University experts to discuss "Terrorism in the Homeland: Local, State and National Perspectives," Friday, Nov. 30, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the EMU Convocation Center.

There is a registration fee of $30. EMU faculty, staff and students can attend for free but must submit a registration form. Deadline for registration is Nov. 28. To register, call Pamela Hill at 734.487.6987

"The events of Sept. 11 and the recent bio-terrorism acts have changed the way we view safety and security," said Pamela Hill, director of EMU's Center for Organizational Risk Reduction, co-sponsor of the event. "From our manufacturing plants to our schools and universities to our communities, all organizations and leaders have a role in assuring that our citizens are safe and secure. This is an opportunity for everyone to hear how that is being done and how it can be improved."

Scheduled to speak are Kenneth Gilliam, senior fire safety specialist at the Office of Airport Safety and Standard at the Federal Aviation Administration; Frank Mirer, director of health and safety for the United Auto Workers International Union; Capt. Bill Wagner, Ypsilanti Fire Department and Washtenaw County Hazardous Materials Response Team; Joe Galusha, managing director for Marsh and McLennan; Professor Gerald "Skip" Lawver, director of EMU's Police Staff and Command School; Kathy Lewis, a clinical psychologist with EMU's counseling services and vice president for the Michigan Crisis Response Association; Ray Wlosinski, director of fire services for MERC International; and Daryl Cook, weapons of mass destruction instructor for MERC International.

Topics to be discussed include: "Preparing Your Community for Terrorist Attacks and Weapons of Mass Destruction;" "Risk Management: Is Your Organization Prepared?;" "Cyber-terrorism;" "Crisis Response: The Emotional Toll;" "Workplace Safety: The Foundation for Homeland Security;" and "Security and Safety."

Since 1985, EMU's Center for Organizational Risk Reduction (CORR) has provided hands-on Hazardous Materials Management and Occupational Health and Safety Training to more than 100,000 workers in more than 500 industrial and service facilities located in 11 countries. EMU's Motor City Health and Safety Training Center is one of only 12 OSHA Training Institute Education Centers in the United States.

MERC International provides operational support services, training, and consulting services to numerous businesses and government agencies throughout the world. MERC International is an educational partner of EMU.