Pontiac, MI, April 28, 2010 – The Oakland County Homeland Security Division is hosting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and approximately five dozen emergency personnel from agencies across southeast Michigan for a first-of-its-kind in the United States training that includes an exercise based on the Woodward Dream Cruise.
Instructors from FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI) in Emmitsburg, Maryland chose Oakland County as the site of their first Emergency Operations Center-Incident Management Team Interface taught outside of the EMI. The course teaches emergency management personnel how to effectively communicate with and support on-scene commanders and their teams at planned events and unplanned incidents.
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson kicked off the training Tuesday, April 27th welcoming the instructors and attendees. "Of my 10 Emerging Sectors, homeland security ranks fourth in terms of growth in Oakland County," Patterson said. "Preparation and training are vital components to mitigate the effects of a disaster."
The training continues through Friday, April 30th at the Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, in Waterford. On Thursday, April 29th, emergency personnel will play out a scenario based on the Woodward Dream Cruise. They will go to separate buildings to fill their respective roles while the EMI instructors evaluate how their students apply what they have learned in the classroom.
"Whenever we conduct exercises, we find most often communication is what we need to improve," Homeland Security Division Manager Ted Quisenberry said.
Oakland County Homeland Security Specialist Michael Loper coordinated with FEMA to bring this essential training to Oakland County and southeast Michigan. Students include fire chiefs, police chiefs, health officials, public information officers, and homeland security managers, among others.
Media are welcome to come out to conduct interviews and to record video or photographs anytime during the training. Please call the Office of Media and Communications ahead of your arrival. For media inquiries only, please contact Bill Mullan, Media and Communications Officer, at (248) 858-1048.