Arkansas Department of Emergency Management to hold annual preparedness conference

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management will hold its mid-year emergency preparedness and disaster relief conference on March 4-5 at the Doubletree in Little Rock.

The conference will feature two days of discussions relating to disaster management, emergency preparedness and disaster communications. Prior to the conference, attendees will receive training from the Federal Emergency Management Agency on G-556 Local Damage Assessment.

ADEM is the coordination center for the Arkansas' programs and communications to prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from security threats.

The State's Emergency Operations Center is run from ADEM, and coordinates with state and federal agencies to provide communication and assistance in the event of a threat or emergency situation.

The department has prepared disaster plans for earthquakes, severe weather and hazardous material spills. The agency completes critical analysis of infrastructure, including chemical storage and manufacturing facilities, nuclear reactors, materials and waste and transportation systems. It works with local law enforcement agencies to coordinate emergency response and neighborhood watch programs.

The planning department of ADEM completes an annual review of the state's Emergency Operations Plan, and works with the emergency districts to ensure local, state and federal emergency plans complement and support one another.