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Pre-Congress Workshop: The Role of Public Fleets in Disaster Response and Recovery

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When Sep 10, 2005 - Sep 10, 2005

Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

(800) 848-APWA

A joint program of the APWA Fleet Services and Emergency Management Technical Committees (Fee: $100 member/$120 nonmember) Put yourself in these fleet managers´ shoes: Thirty inches of snow in one weekend and mechanics and drivers were still working sixteen hours on, eight hours off - twelve days after the storm. Three back-to-back hurricanes and there was so much debris in the roads that one fleet department nearly ran out of tires to replace the flats. Mechanics and technicians worked diligently through the first two storms, but the third one was the straw that broke the camel´s back. The Northeast Blackout shut down power in one town for most of a weekend. The fleet department found itself in a tug of war between city departments like police, fire, and public works; private ambulance crews; and even, local media outlets for access to the department´s generator-powered fuel pumps. Have you thought about the importance of fleet services in local disasters, weather emergencies, or acts of terrorism? Does your fleet department have a policy for who has access to equipment and fuel in emergencies? Have you determined who has authority to make purchases and sign contracts during emergencies? What are your staffing policies during response and recovery efforts? Attend this one-day workshop and find out what emergency management is and why you should care. You´ll hear the true stories behind the emergencies described above and then we´ll put you to work, taking you through some scenario planning exercises that will illustrate what policies and procedures you need to have in place. Included in the cost of this can´t miss, one-day workshop, you´ll receive APWA´s latest publication Writing Your Emergency/Disaster Plan, a step by step resource guide written especially for public works by the APWA Emergency Management Committee.

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