CUSEC Participates in Public Health Preparedness Summit
June 2016 - On June 22-23, 2016 CUSEC participated in the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Illinois Public Health Association (IPHA) 2016 Integrated Public Health and Healthcare System Preparedness Summit. The summit was held in Schaumburg, Illinois with more than 650 public health and healthcare professionals attending. The focus of the summit was improving public health preparedness, response, and recovery to disasters in Illinois.
With funding support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Motorola Solutions Foundation, CUSEC presented in several sessions during the summit. During the opening plenary session, CUSEC gave an overview of central U.S. earthquake hazards, potential impacts from a
New Madrid Seismic Zone earthquake, and lessons learned from past
earthquakes such as the 2011 Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake. On the afternoon of June 22, CUSEC led a breakout session on earthquake mitigation and safety for hospital and healthcare facilities, including ways to identify and reduce losses from future earthquakes according to FEMA's Incremental Seismic Rehabilitation of Hospitals methodology. We also participated in a breakout session with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) Earthquake Program Manager, Jason Williams, on integrated response and recovery following an earthquake or other disaster.
CUSEC would like to thank IDPH and IPHA for inviting us to participate in the conference, which drew near-record participation from public health and healthcare system professionals across Illinois.
New TEMA Director Appointed by Governor Bill Haslam
May 2016 - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointment of Patrick Sheehan as director of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA). Sheehan takes over the director position from David Purkey, who returns to the singular position of homeland security advisor and assistant commissioner of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security after serving in dual roles for the past two years.
Sheehan is currently the operations administrator for the Ohio Emergency Management Agency. He has led Ohio’s Emergency Operations Center and the Radiological and Preparedness Branches since 2014, and held several leadership positions in the since joining the agency in 2004. Ohio is a CUSEC Associate Member State.
“Patrick was the top candidate in a nationwide search for a director to lead the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. His experience coordinating the responses to several serious statewide emergencies in Ohio is impressive and he will use those skills to help Tennesseans during times of crisis,” Haslam said. I am honored by this opportunity and excited to serve the people of Tennessee,” Sheehan said. “TEMA has a great national reputation, and I look forward to working with the TEMA team and Tennessee’s county EMA directors to prepare for, respond to and recover from all disasters.”
Please join us in congratulating Mr. Sheehan and welcoming him to the CUSEC Board of Directors. We also thank Assistant Commissioner Purkey for his service to CUSEC as he returns to his post in Homeland Security.