Medicine Seminar on Emergency Preparedness


WHO:               Karen Ebey-Tessendorf, MPH, emergency preparedness coordinator, North Central Health District; Douglas Skelton, MD, district health officer, Coastal Health District; Joel Brende, MD, former chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Mercer University School of Medicine; and Paul Purcell, security analyst, preparedness consultant and author

WHAT:             Grassmann Lecture Series: “Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Planning: Who’s in Charge”

WHEN:             10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2005

WHERE:           School of Medicine Auditorium,

1550 College Street, Macon, GA 31207

WHY:                The two-hour seminar will address topics such as the collaboration of national, state, regional and local levels; the complexities involved in actual planning for a specific event (i.e., G-8 Summit); the biopsychosocial impact of disasters; and the physician’s dual role in emergency preparedness and disaster planning as a first responder and as a family and community member.

                        The Grassmann Lecture Series was established by E.J. Grassmann, the owner of Georgia Kaolin Company in Dry Branch, Ga., and American Industrial Clays in Deepstep, Ga. Grassmann had strong interests in the environment and rural health care, and was especially concerned with silicosis of the lung caused by clay dust.

Media interested in covering the event should contact Nancy Fullbright at 478-301-2716.