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CHHS Selected by State Dept. for Int'l Crisis Management Seminars

The University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) has been awarded a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of State to conduct multiple crisis management seminars for foreign nations looking to bolster their mitigation, planning, response, and recovery efforts.

CHHS will hold the Senior Crisis Management seminars on behalf of the Office of Anti-Terrorism Assistance (ATA) within the U.S. Department of State. For decades, the ATA has helped key nations abroad learn how to better combat terrorism and strengthen national security through programs that engage foreign leaders in the public safety, law enforcement, government and civilian security fields. In this new partnership, CHHS will leverage its extensive knowledge of crisis management to further the established success of the ATA.

"We are very pleased that CHHS now has an important new international component and the opportunity to deliver crisis management training to a broad array of countries all over the world," said Professor Michael Greenberger, founder and director of CHHS.

The seminars will focus on critical aspects of emergency management, including such key components as preparedness, response, and recovery. CHHS is already planning to train officials from Jordan and Uganda, and more countries will soon be added to the program. A contingent of CHHS experts, including UMDLaw alumni Michael Vesely '06, and Atresha Karra '08, has been invited to visit Jordan in March to conduct a five-day seminar and a realistic exercise that will test Jordan's national 911 center and its National Center for Security and Crisis Management. Top Jordanian officials are expected to attend the training.

CHHS Exercise Program Manager Christina Crue, MS, MEP, CEM, is the leader of the CHHS team working on this project. "We're looking forward to working with officials from Jordan to test their capabilities in response to a complex disaster," said Crue. "Being able to observe the way another country responds to disasters first hand provides a behind the scenes look at response that you can't get from a traditional, discussion-based format."

The U.S. State Department Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program fosters cooperation between U.S. law enforcement officers and those of our partner nations engaged in anti-terrorism efforts. ATA provides advanced counterterrorism training and equipment grants to maintain and increase our partners' capabilities to find and arrest terrorists. The ATA program also advances U.S. foreign policy goals by strengthening bilateral relationships.

CHHS is a non-profit consulting academic center with more than 40 contracts, including developing plans, policies, and strategies for government, corporate, medical, educational and other institutional clients to ensure the safety of citizens in the event of natural or man-made catastrophes.


Nick Alexopulos

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