2014 Preparedness Summit scheduled to begin April 1

The Preparedness Summit, a four-day national conference in the field of public health preparedness, is scheduled to take place on April 1-4 in Atlanta.

The summit is the first and longest running national conference on public health preparedness. Since the summit began in 2006, the National Association of County and City Health Officials convened multiple partners to participate in the conference. The partners for 2014 include the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Homeland Security.

The 2014 Preparedness Summit is expected to attract close to 1,800 attendees, including individuals working for volunteer organizations, healthcare coalitions, emergency management and all levels of government.

Topics scheduled for the summit include the Strategic National Stockpile inventory, reducing public health risk during disasters, strengthening smallpox preparedness, preparing the nation's healthcare system for catastrophic disaster, public-private partnership in emergency preparedness planning, anthrax preparedness and protection, the role of local health departments after a radiological event, the BioWatch program, rebuilding a community after disaster and the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013.

Last year's conference brought 1,741 attendees to Atlanta from almost every state and several territories and countries. More than 90 percent of the attendees expressed a high degree of satisfaction with last year's event.