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University of Iowa News Release

Oct.31, 2003

MEDIA ADVISORY: Preparedness Training Exercise Is Nov. 5

WHAT: Reporters are invited to observe a training exercise in public health preparedness. During the exercise, a scenario of a public health emergency is presented and participants respond to the situation by assuming specific roles and using the communication structure known as the Incident Command System. The simulation is designed to be as realistic as possible and includes such features as a scale-model town, two-way radios and sound effects.

The tabletop simulation is the capstone experience of the Iowa Center for Public Health Preparedness (ICPHP) Train-the-Trainer Program, an eight-month program designed to strengthen the preparedness skills of Iowa's public health workforce. The ICPHP is based in the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

WHEN: 8 to 10:45 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5

WHERE: Dodge House, Camp Dodge, Johnston, Iowa

NOTE TO EDITORS: All visitors to Camp Dodge must check in at the gate. To facilitate this process, media wishing to attend this exercise must register by 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, by calling Debra Venzke at 319-335-9647 or e-mailing

STORY SOURCE: The University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

MEDIA CONTACT: Debra Venzke, 319-335-9647,