Firestorm to Conduct Mass Fatality Training for Texas Agency

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The Texas Department of State Health Services has chosen Firestorm Solutions LLC to conduct a series of workshops on Mass Fatalities Incident Response. The training is scheduled in Abilene, Wichita Falls, Hurst (Tarrant County) and Dallas during late September and early October. Invited participants include all emergency first responders, planners, public officials, community leaders, healthcare providers, information officers, and local volunteer and faith-based organizations.

The emerging second wave of H1N1 this fall makes training and exercises on Mass Fatalities Incident Response necessary to health departments, local governments, healthcare providers, and first responders.

Firestorm Solutions LLC has been selected by the Texas Department of State Health Services to conduct a series of workshops on Mass Fatalities Incident Response. The two-day training workshops are scheduled at four Region 2/3 sites - Abilene, Wichita Falls, Hurst (Tarrant County) and Dallas - for late September and early October. Invitees will include all emergency first responders, planners, public officials, community leaders, healthcare providers, information officers, and local volunteer and faith-based organizations.

Firestorm is a national leader in business continuity, vulnerability analysis and risk mitigation, communicable illness/pandemic planning and crisis management. The firm provided the on-site crisis management and communications support at Virginia Tech after the tragic shootings in 2007.

In addition to a staff of business continuity professionals from the insurance, information technology, financial services, manufacturing and distribution industries, Firestorm also has an Expert Council comprised of influential experts and leaders. Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honorè (U.S. Army, ret.), widely hailed for restoring direction and effectiveness to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort, and former U.S. Surgeons General C. Everett Koop and David Satcher are among its distinguished members.

Firestorm's Healthcare Response Team is led by Donald A. Donahue, the Executive Director of the National Security Health Policy Center at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

Among the clients for whom Firestorm has conducted similar training exercises are the U.S. Department of Labor (Denver office), universities/colleges and utilities. Firestorm's PREDICT. PLAN.
PERFORM. methodology allows it to tailor each workshop to the specific vulnerabilities that exist in a geographical area and cover the four major types of mass fatality events: natural and manmade disasters, communicable illness/pandemic and targeted violence/terrorism.

"Firestorm is extremely gratified to be selected by the Texas Department of State Health Services for this critical assignment," President/COO James W. Satterfield said. "The firsthand experiences of Firestorm and our Expert Council members during 9/11, Katrina, Virginia Tech and other disasters give us unique insight to mass fatality response."

He continued, "The emerging second wave of H1N1 this fall makes training and exercises on Mass Fatalities Incident Response necessary to health departments, local governments, healthcare providers, and first responders."

Coordinating Firestorm's efforts in Texas will be Assistant Vice President for Operations William J. Baker, who has designed and conducted test exercises and gap analyses for major organizations, including Georgetown University.

Firestorm's Human Resources Communicable Illness/Pandemic Planning Guide is available at no cost to all corporations and organizations. Firestorm (http://www.firestorm.com) recently began awarding consulting franchises to address the distinct local vulnerabilities and preparedness gaps that exist nationwide.

Satterfield can be reached at (800) 321-2219 ext. 211. Media inquiries should be directed to Mike Pennetti at (678) 557-9243.

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