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Health District hosts agro-terrorism preparedness seminar



The Washoe County Health District is celebrating National Public Health Week 2011 by hosting a free seminar on Agro-Terrorism and Community Preparedness, Tuesday, April 5, at 9 a.m. in the Washoe County Commission Chambers located at 1001 East Ninth Street.  According to seminar instructor, Dee Grimm, RN, JD, and CEO of Emergency Management Professionals, “Agro-terrorism is the deliberate destruction of the food supply, most likely through the use of biological agents, with the goal of generating fear, causing economic losses, and undermining social stability.”

The seminar will address food infrastructure and vulnerabilities, public health’s response role in these incidents, identification of and care for those exposed to agents, and improving community preparedness. This event is free and open to the public; however, space is limited so attendees must RSVP by April 1 by e-mail to [email protected], or by calling (775) 328-2432.

Immediately following the seminar there will be a free reception in the lobby adjacent to the Commission Chambers, sponsored by the Nevada Public Health Association, featuring locally grown and produced food. This is an opportunity to meet public health professionals and local food experts, and learn about the Nevada Public Health Association. The Public Health Week Reception is open to the public. For more information on all the upcoming National Public Health Week activities in Northern Nevada, visit www.nphaonline.org.

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