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Last modified: Friday, May 30, 2008

IU SPEA Executive Education Program to sponsor homeland security seminar

May 30, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS -- What does it take to get city services up and running following a devastating tornado? How do you protect lives and property during high-profile events such as a Super Bowl or major motorsports race? How do you protect important businesses from sabotage? Such questions and concerns are the focus of an upcoming homeland security emergency management seminar.

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) will host the first of six major national conferences on homeland security and emergency management from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 12, at the University Place Conference Center, located at 850 W. Michigan St. on the IUPUI campus.

Titled "Protecting America's Heartland from Catastrophic Events," this initial conference will feature national experts and key responders who will discuss major disasters that threaten America's heartland while presenting best practices as well as new ideas for addressing these threats.


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Major General R. Martin Umbarger, the adjutant general of the state of Indiana, will present the keynote address during the opening session of the conference, which is sponsored by the Executive Education Program in the School of Public and Environment Affairs at IUPUI.

Panel topics include "Continuity of Operations During Major Disasters," "Industrial Security During Troubled Times" and "Special Events Security for High Visibility Events."

Presenters include federal and city emergency managers from Minneapolis, Minn., Nashville, Tenn., and Greensburg, Kan. -- sites of recent major tornadoes or interstate bridge collapses; the security directors of Eli Lily Corp., United Steel Corp. and Cummins Inc.; and security managers from the Lucas Oil Stadium, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Conseco Fieldhouse.

Federal, state and city employees; public safety, health and security educators, as well as emergency management and homeland security personnel are invited to participate in this conference.

Registration, $25, includes a catered lunch and conference materials. For additional information, go to