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TrainND Hosts Disaster Symposium

Posted: Oct 03 2018

WILLISTON, N.D. - TrainND - Northwest will host its second annual Disaster & Emergency Preparedness Symposium from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23 in the Well at Williston State College.

The event brings industries, public emergency response officials, and interested parties in the Bakken Region together to learn about potential disasters and how to prepare for and respond to them.  

This year's presenters will focus on various topics including industry-related emergency preparedness, public service, and medical facilities' roles in emergency response, counter terrorism, and the opioid crisis.  

Who should attend?  

  • Industry personnel
  • School personnel
  • Public service employees
  • Emergency responders
  • Community members
  • All interested parties are welcome to attend  

"We encourage individuals to attend to learn about state and community services available in the event of an emergency and to start the conversation between industry and public services about how to effectively prepare for natural or intentional disasters," explained Tanya Vachal, Business Relations and Sales Manager at TrainND - Northwest.  

Early bird registration closes on Friday, October 5 and is $89 per person. After Friday, ticket prices will increase to $129 per person. 

Registration begins at 7 a.m. on October 23.  A light breakfast will be served.  The Halliburton team will serve lunch.

Response equipment from ND Civil Support Team, Williams County Emergency Management, and others will be on display. 

The day's agenda consists of the following:  

7:30-8:00 a.m. Cody Schulz | ND Department of Emergency Services | Kick-off speaker

8:00-8:45 a.m. Major Tomac and SSG Haider | ND Civil Support Team | How Can We Help?  

8:45-9:30 a.m. Sherry Adams | SW District Health Unit | Public Role in Hazmat Planning & Response  

9:30-10:15 a.m. Lori Hahn | CHI St. Alexius Health Williston | Medical Capacity/ Hospital Incident Command  

10:30-11:45 a.m. Michael Mees | ND Bureau of Criminal Investigation | NW Narcotics Tasks Force Opioid Epidemic via Dangers in Fentanyl & Packaging Advisors (PPT)  

11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. FBI (invited) | Counterterroism  

1-1:45 p.m. Anthony Dudas | Williston Airport | Airport Emergency Preparedness & Update  

1:45-2:30 p.m. Max Mine | ONEOK | Advanced Planning for Emergency Response  

2:45-4:45 p.m. Rebecca Broussard | EPA | Community & Facility Emergency Planning TTX  

To register for this event, please call TrainND at 701.572.2835 or visit  

For more information, please contact Tanya Vachal at 701.713.3783 or  

TrainND's Workforce Training Center is located at 415 22nd Ave Northeast, Williston, ND 58801.  

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