PRESS RELEASE: Harvard Researcher Projects that 1918 Spanish Flu Outbreak Today Could Kill 81 Million
  • National Emergency Management Summit offers Special Session on Preparing for a Pandemic
  • The Leading Forum on Medical Preparation and Response to Disasters, Epidemics and Terrorism
  • March 4 - 6, 2007
  • New Orleans Marriott, New Orleans, LA
Phone: 800-684-4549

NEW ORLEANS, LA USA -- EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT UPDATE NEWS SERVICE™ -- DECEMBER 22, 2006: The National Emergency Management Summit,, March 4 - 6, 2007 at the New Orleans Marriott in New Orleans, LA, announced today that it will offer a special session on Preparing for a Pandemic.


Harvard University lead researcher Chris Murray estimates that if a flu virus as deadly as the one that caused 1918 Spanish flu struck today, it could kill as many as 81 million worldwide. Read more in the International Herald Tribune/Associated Press (12/21) and the Boston Globe.

"The 1918 has gone: a year momentous as the termination of the most cruel war in the annals of the human race; a year which marked, the end at least for a time, of man's destruction of man; unfortunately a year in which developed a most fatal infectious disease causing the death of hundreds of thousands of human beings. Medical science for four and one-half years devoted itself to putting men on the firing line and keeping them there. Now it must turn with its whole might to combating the greatest enemy of all--infectious disease."

- Journal of the American Medical Association (final edition of 1918 on 12/28/1918).


On the afternoon of Sunday, march 4, 2007, the Summit will offer the following special session on Preparing for a Pandemic:

  • 1:00 p.m. Welcome and Introduction by Peter N. Grant, JD, PhD, Partner and Co chair, Health Law Group, Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP, Editorial Board, Health Affairs, Advisory Board, Harvard Health Policy Review, Seattle, WA (Co chair)
  • 1:15 p.m. Pandemic: We are Ready. Are you? By Michelle Boylan, System Director, Performance Management, SCL Health System, Lenexa, KS and Richard Lopes, MD, Chief Clinical Transformation Officer, SCL Health System, Lenexa, KS
  • 2:00 p.m. Implementing a Continuity of Operations Plan - Essential (COP-E) for Pandemic Influenza by Dale R. Brown, PhD, Senior Partner, Mercury Healthcare Consulting, LLC, Alexandria, VA and Kathie McCracken, RN, MHA, FACHE, Pandemic Influenza Program Manager and Healthcare Sector Specialist Infrastructure Partnerships Division, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC
  • 2:45 p.m. Information Technology and its Role in Management of Bird Flu by Victor Levy, MD, Chief Executive Officer, ePhysiciansOffice Inc., Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, University of South Florida, New York, NY
  • 4:15 p.m. A Case Study in Global Preparedness: Taking a Threat Management Approach to Pandemic Preparedness by Sharon Kemerer, Corporate Director, Occupational Health, Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Deerfield, IL
  • 5:00 p.m. Case Study: Partnering to Improve Cross-Border Regional Pandemic Preparedness in the Pacific Northwest by Paula Scalingi, PhD, President, The Scalingi Group, Vienna, VA and Mark Schroeder, PhD, Senior Managing Director, Tunnell Consulting, King of Prussia, PA
  • 5:45 p.m. Case Study : Integrating Community Metropolitan Medical Response Systems (MMRS) with Hospital Influenza Planning - The Rhode Island Experience by David Bouslough, MD, MPH, Rhode Island State Pandemic Influenza Planning Task Force, University Emergency Medicine Foundation, Providence, RI

An extraordinary confluence of events - environmental, epidemiological and geopolitical - have coalesced to create a heightened risk of natural disaster, epidemic and terrorism in the United States. The National Emergency Management Summit seeks to assess these risks and articulate practical approaches to medical preparation and response to disasters, epidemics and terrorism.

Marvin L. Birnbaum, MD, Ph.D.
President, World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine, Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Physiology, Director, Emergency Medical Services Program, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Glenn Cannon
Director, Response Division, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington, DC
Joseph Cappiello
Vice President, Accreditation Field Operations, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, Oakbrook Terrace, IL
J. Jarrett Clinton, MD, MPH
Senior Medical Advisor, MAXIMUS Federal Services, Inc., Rear Admiral, Retired US Public Health Service, Former, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, for Health Operations Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), Reston, VA
Joxel Garcia, MD, MBA
Senior Vice President, MAXIMUS Federal Services, Inc., Former Deputy Director, Pan American Health Organization, Former Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Public Health, Reston, VA
John Iglehart
Founding Editor, Health Affairs, National Correspondent, New England Journal of Medicine, Washington, DC

Peter C. Losi
Vice President, Response Government Operations, American Red Cross, Former Chief for the Joint Staff Logistics Readiness Center, The Pentagon, Washington, DC
Sally Phillips, RN, Ph.D.
Director, Bioterrorism Preparedness Research Program, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD
Bob Rehm, MBA
Vice President, Public Health and Clinical Strategies, America's Health Insurance Plans, Washington DC
Jeff Runge, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Department of Homeland Security, Former Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Washington, DC
Richard J. Sheirer
Senior Vice President, Giuliani Partners LLC, Former Commissioner of Emergency Management, and Director of Homeland Security, New York City, New York, NY
Marc K. Siegel, MD
Associate Professor, New York University School of Medicine, Fellow, Master Scholars Society, New York University, Author, Bird Flu: Everything You Need To Know About The Next Pandemic, New York, NY
Gail L. Warden
Chair, Committee on the Future of Emergency Care in the U.S. Health System, Institute of Medicine, Former president and Chief Executive Officer, Henry Ford Health System Detroit, MI
And a Special Presentation: Lessons of the Hurricane Katrina Experience by
James T. Montgomery, CHE
Chief Executive Officer, Tulane University Hospital and Clinic, Chair, Louisiana Hospital Association, New Orleans, LA

  • Basic Training for the Candidates for the International Association of Emergency Managers' Certified Emergency Manager Designation
  • Special Session on Preparing for a Pandemic
  • The Katrina Experience: Emergency Management Lessons Learned
  • The Role of the Department of Homeland Security in Medical Planning and Response to Disaster, Epidemic and Terrorism
  • The Role of the Department of Health and Human Services in Medical Planning and Response to Disaster, Epidemic and Terrorism
  • FEMA - What We Learned from Katrina and We will Help in the Future
  • Overview of The Role of JCAHO in Preparing Hospitals for Emergency Management
  • The Role of the Red Cross in Emergency Management
  • Health Plan Strategies in Responding to Disasters, Terrorism and Pandemics
  • Disaster Preparedness and Risk Mitigation: A Model Approach for Government Operations and Business Continuity
  • A Worldwide Perspective on Emergency Management
  • Case Studies in Emergency Response: Hurricane Katrina
  • Case Studies in Emergency Response: 9/11
  • Case Study: Medical Emergency Preparedness and Response - The New York City Experience 2002 - 2006
  • Case Studies in Emergency Response: Oklahoma City
  • Case Studies in Emergency Response: the Anthrax Letters
  • Case Studies in Emergency Response: the Northridge, California, Earthquake
  • Case Study: How Kaiser Prepares for Emergencies
  • Case Study: Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned by the Nursing Home Profession
  • Case Study: Partnering to Improve Cross-Border Regional Pandemic Preparedness in the Pacific Northwest
  • Case Study: A Universal Model for Disaster Management and Response to Suicide Bombing - The Israeli Experience
  • Case Study: Management of the Dead after the Tsunami: a Public Health Perspective
  • Emergency Preparedness for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Communities
  • The Medical Disaster Planning and Response Process: Joining Forces to Tackle Disasters
  • The Role of Information Technology in Support of Disaster Medical Response
  • The Medical Disaster Planning and Response Process: Pre-event Disaster Planning
  • The Medical Disaster Planning and Response Process: Pre-Hospital Disaster Planning
  • Mechanisms of Disaster Triage: From Planning to Implementation and Analysis
  • Incident Management Systems for Hospitals
  • Hospital Disaster Drills: What Works and What Doesn't
  • Using Technology for Disaster Communications and Education
  • Building an Effective Hospital-Based Decontamination Team

  • Preparing Nurses for Medical Disaster Response
  • Disaster Preparedness for Medical Practices
  • Home Health Care - The Invisible Workforce with a Major Role in Disaster Preparedness
  • The Role of Disease Management Companies in Responding to Emergencies
  • State of the States, Lessons Learned, and Future Directions in Disaster Behavioral Health
  • Compassion Fatigue: The Effect of Secondary Stress and Vicarious Traumatization in HealthCare Professionals
  • Developing a Disaster Mindset - Myths and Stereotypes of Disasters
  • Ready or Not: JCAHO Requirements and Guidelines for Disaster Readiness
  • Emergency Preparedness: Are Healthcare Systems Prepared for the New Normal?
  • Will Health Care Workers Report to Duty in a Disaster?
  • Public Health Emergency Preparedness: Providing Mass Medical Care with Scarce Resources - Strategies and Tools for Community Planners
  • How Health Departments can use Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) for Emergency Response
  • An Overview of the ESF#6 Mass Care Manager Function
  • Biosurveillance Enters the Age of Empirical Analysis: Demonstration of DoD's Global Medical Surveillance System
  • Lessons Learned in the Current Global War on Terrorism
  • North Carolina SMAT Mobile Field Hospital, a Project Built from Lessons Learned in Katrina
  • Using Health Plan Data as Part of the Arsenal Against Bioterrorism and Epidemics
  • The Urgent Need for Performance Metrics in Healthcare Emergency Preparedness
  • Improving Care for Displaced Residents by Establishing a Recovery Health Information Network (RHIN)
  • Bird Flu: Everything You Need To Know About The Next Pandemic
  • Implementing a Continuity of Operations Plan - Essential (COP-E) for Pandemic Influenza
  • Information Technology and its Role in Management of Bird Flu
  • Healthcare Risk Management and Ethics Considerations in High Consequence Events
  • Overview of Legal Issues in Emergency Response
  • Legal Issues: Transfer of Health Information in Emergency Situations
  • Legal Issues: Hospital Issues, including Emergency Incident Command Systems, Emergency Communications, Credentialing, Standards of Care, Surge Capacity
  • Emergency Management Workforce Legal Issues, including Vaccinations, Staffing Assignments, Paid and Unpaid Leave; Quarantine, Emergency Standard of Care; Communicable Illness Policies and Procedures


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