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Oct. 29, 2004

Emergency Response Training Is Topic Of Nov. 4 Lecture

On Thursday, Nov. 4, Rick Wulfekuhle, coordinator for Buchanan County (Iowa) Emergency Management, will discuss the importance of conducting emergency response training exercises in his presentation, "Plan, Prepare, and Practice: Elements of Emergency Exercise Design."

The presentation, to be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 22 of the Nursing Building on the University of Iowa campus, is free and open to the public. It also will be broadcast live over the Iowa Communications Network and via streaming video on the web.

In his presentation, Wulfekuhle will introduce and describe the fundamentals of emergency exercise design. He will cover the purpose, characteristics and requirements of three main types of exercises -- tabletop, functional and full-scale -- as well as discuss exercise evaluation and enhancements. Participants will receive practical guidance on how to plan and conduct a small functional exercise for organizations with emergency response roles.

Wulfekuhle also serves as the safety director for Buchanan County and vice-president of the Iowa Emergency Management Association. A nationally certified fire fighter and fire instructor, Wulfekuhle is the assistant chief of the volunteer fire department in Independence, Iowa.

The program is part of the fall 2004 Grand Rounds series developed by the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness (UMCPHP). Advanced registration is requested and may be completed online at Links to the live web broadcast, as well as archives of past presentations, are available on the center's site.

The presentation is sponsored by the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness, based in the UI College of Public Health, and the Iowa Association of Local Public Health Agencies. UMCPHP is funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through a cooperative agreement with the Association of Schools of Public Health.

For more information about the Grand Rounds series, contact Angela Harding, program assistant in the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness, at (319) 335-8451 or by e-mail at

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

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