FEMA, DHS to Host Nationally Televised Webcast

Following the Sept. 10, 2007, release of a new draft National Response Framework for a 30 day comment period, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will present a combination nationwide Webcast teleconference and television broadcast tomorrow from 1:30-2:30 p.m. EDT to discuss and receive questions and input on the NRF.

Taking place from the studio of the National Preparedness Network (PREPnet)--a training, information, and communication asset of the USFA located at the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg, Md.--the presentation is titled "A Discussion on the National Response Framework (NRF)" and is intended to enhance understanding of the NRF, National Incident Management System (NIMS), and how all levels of government, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector will work together in a unified approach to emergency management during all-hazards responses. The NRF document and supporting information can be obtained and viewed at www.fema.gov/emergency/nrf/.

The event will be presented by Mr. Dennis Schrader, Deputy Administrator of FEMA's National Preparedness Directorate (NPD) and Mr. Al Fluman, Acting Director of FEMA's Incident Management System Division (IMSD).

"This is a great opportunity for America's fire service to receive a direct and informative briefing from the senior FEMA officials responsible for both the National Response Framework (NRF) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS)," said U. S. Fire Administrator Gregory Cade.

The presentation can be accessed via the Dish TV Network or Webcast on the Internet. Dish TV Network viewers must tune their receivers to Channel 9602 at the allotted time to view the broadcast. Those wishing to access the discussion online can go to www.vodium.com/goto/fema/nrf.asp and click on the National Response Framework (NRF) link that will be displayed there. Users should visit the site prior to the Webcast in order to ensure that any connectivity issues involved with individual computer settings are addressed.

Questions can be submitted during the broadcast by sending an e-mail to PREPnet@dhs.gov. Individuals will also be able to call toll free with questions during the broadcast at 1-800-527-4893.

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