Lakeland Community College will host two Town Halls in early December designed to inform local residents and business owners of the steps Lake County officials have taken to prepare for possible terrorist attacks. The two-part Town Hall Community Forum is called “Continuing the Dialog on Terrorism at Home.” By attending the Town Halls on December 3 and 10, residents will learn how they, themselves, can prepare by using local resources and how they could respond personally to terrorist or biological threats.
News Herald editor Jim Collins will moderate the first Town Hall, “Is Lake County Ready for Terrorism?” on Monday, December 3, at 7:00 pm in the Performing Arts Center at Lakeland Community College. The free event will feature speakers Robert Archer, Director of the Lake County Emergency Management Agency; Sheriff Daniel Dunlap; Frank Whitacre, Painesville Fire Chief; and Joel Lucia, Lake County Health Commissioner.
The second Town Hall, “Biological Threats – What Are They?” will be on Monday, December 10, 2001. Lakeland Community College Faculty will share information about biological threats such as anthrax and small pox.
The two Town Hall meetings and a previous Executive Series Seminar on disaster preparedness will be broadcast on the Lakeland Cable Network via ATT-Broadband Channel 31 and Adelphia Channel 4. The broadcast schedule is listed below the list of speakers.
Speakers for the December 3rd Town Hall include:
Robert Archer will speak about Lake County’s readiness to deal with a terrorist event, the likelihood of a terrorist group targeting a Lake County target, and the importance of emergency preparation to every business and industry and public facility in Lake County. Mr. Archer is a retired U.S. Army veteran and Ohio National Guard Colonel who serves as the Director of the Lake County Emergency Management Agency. He is a graduate of several federal training schools on emergency planning and preparedness and consequence management. Mr. Archer is working with the college's criminal justice department to develop a 2-year credit program in emergency management.
Sheriff Daniel Dunlap will speak about the Perry Power Plant security, and the safety of the jail and emergency operations center. Other topics include safety during the holidays and the county's rumor control program. Sheriff Dunlap is a member of the Lake County Counter Terrorism Advisory Task Force and a graduate of numerous law enforcement schools including the prestigious FBI National Academy. He is responsible for coordinating Lake County's response to terrorist events in unincorporated portions of the county and at the Perry Nuclear Power Plant. The sheriff teaches in Lakeland's basic police academy, and is a member of the Lake County Police Chief Association's training committee.
Health Commissioner Joel Lucia will speak on public health issues relating to terrorism and the ability of our local public health system to respond to a terrorist event. Mr. Lucia serves as the Health Commissioner for the Lake County General Health District. He is experienced with public health issues at the local, state and national levels and maintains direct communication with the Center for Disease Control to stay abreast of health-related developments and protocols. Mr. Lucia serves as a resource to Lakeland on public health issues.
Painesville Fire Chief Frank Whitacre will discuss the readiness of the fire service to deal with COBRA and WMD events and ongoing attempts to improve the relationships between police and fire services and to train police and firemen in Lake County. He is an expert in hazardous materials and a 20-year firefighter. He has received extensive training for handling terrorist events, including Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and COBRA (chemical, biological, radiological, incendiary and explosive) type events. Chief Whitacre is working with the Lakeland Police Academy and the Lake County Association of Chiefs of Police to develop in-service WMD and COBRA training for lake county public safety officers.
“Disaster Preparation for Business,” part of the Executive Seminar Series produced by the Lakeland Center for Business and Industry, will be broadcast on channels 31 and 4 in Lake County on Saturday, December 15, at 11:30 am and 11:30 pm and Sunday, December 16, at 4:00 am and 4:00 pm.
The Town Hall Meeting about “Is Lake County Ready for Terrorism?” will be broadcast on channels 31 and 4 in Lake County on Monday, December 10, Thursday, December 13, and Saturday, December 15, at 6:30 pm. The program will also be broadcast on Monday, December 17, Thursday, December 20 and Saturday, December 22 at 11:30 am and 11:30 pm.
The Town Hall Meeting about “Biological Threats: What Are They?” will be broadcast on channels 31 and 4 in Lake County on Monday, December 17, Thursday, December 20 and Saturday, December 22 at 6:30 pm.