TECHNICAL COMMITTEE NEWS
Fleet Services and Emergency Management Committees team up for Pre-Congress Workshop
Technical Services Program Manager
APWA Kansas City Office
Have you thought about the importance of fleet services in local disasters, weather emergencies, or acts of terrorism? Does your fleet department have a policy for who has access to equipment and fuel in emergencies? Have you determined who has authority to make purchases and sign contracts during emergencies? What are your staffing policies during response and recovery efforts?
Following last year's devastating hurricane season the Fleet Services Committee discussed these questions and recognized that most fleet managers, and other departments for that matter, do not find the answers to these questions until they are faced with a disaster in their own communities. It was through this discussion that Fleet Services teamed up with the Emergency Management Committee to develop a one-day Pre-Congress workshop to provide some answers.
Planned in conjunction with the 2005 APWA International Public Works Congress and Exposition, "The Role of Public Fleets in Disaster Response and Recovery" will be held on Saturday, September 10, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. This one-day workshop will include instructors from the Emergency Management Committee, and case studies from fleet managers and a director of public works that all recently experienced disasters in their communities.
The curriculum is designed to include information from the newest APWA publication Emergency Management: Developing Your Public Works Annex, a step-by-step resource guide developed by members of the Emergency Management Committee. Each student will receive a copy of the book; the cost is included with workshop registration.
The agenda includes an overview of the four phases of emergency management, and a panel of fleet managers that will discuss what went right and what went wrong as they dealt with different levels of disasters in each of their communities. The day will include the following roster of speakers and topic information:
The Four Phases of Emergency Management
Speakers: Brian Usher, Director of Public Works and Engineering, City of Zion, Illinois, and Chair, APWA Emergency Management Committee; David Himes, Assistant Director of Public Works, City of Nashville, Tennessee, and member, APWA Emergency Management Committee
We encourage all of you to take a look at this can't-miss program and consider coming to Congress one day early to attend. You can also circulate this information to your fleet manager who will no doubt be interested in attending at least the Pre-Congress workshop. Below is a listing of other fleet-specific sessions that can be found at the 2005 APWA International Public Works Congress and Exposition.
There is still time to register for the Pre-Congress Workshop or the entire Congress. The APWA Fleet Services Committee invites you to be a part of this important educational event. For more information and to register online, go to www.apwa.net and click on the Congress logo.
Karen Bloodworth can be reached at (800) 848-APWA or firstname.lastname@example.org.