Michigan to host 2014 Great Lakes Homeland Security Training Conference & Exposition

The Michigan Department of Community Health's Office of Public Health Preparedness recently announced that it will host the 2014 Great Lakes Homeland Security Training Conference & Expo on May 13-14.

The GLHS Training Conference & Expo is expected to attract approximately 1,300 security experts from both government and private sectors, including emergency management professionals, homeland security experts, fire services personnel, emergency medical personnel, public health and healthcare professionals, education experts and law enforcement agents.

The conference will review the emerging threats homeland security organizations face with a limited staff and fixed budget. These new challenges push homeland security experts to create new tactics that are just as effective with a smaller budget and less staff members. The conference will discuss these challenges while preparing the community to "Rise with the Occasion" to keep the Michigan safe.

Keynote speakers at the conference include former Navy SEAL Leader and decorated combat veteran Robert O'Neill, former Director of the FBI and National Security Counterterrorism Expert Robert S. Mueller III, Pilot, Aviation Expert and Incident Investigator Capt. Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger III and Clinical Psychologist and Youth Disaster Counselor Dr. Robin Gurwitch.

The conference is jointly sponsored by the Michigan State Police's Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division and will be held at the DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Organizations are encouraged to participate in the exhibition to enhance Michigan's emergency response and preparedness tactics.