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Josh Nichols

While Moffat County is not likely at the top of a terrorist’s list to hit with a bioterrorism attack, it is still important to prepare, said Moffat County Emergency Manager Clyde Anderson Thursday.

“Being prepared for bioterrorism makes you more prepared for other things,” Anderson said.

“It makes us more prepared for dealing with

something like West Nile virus, or any kind of an

epidemic.”

Three local officials will attend a two-day bioterrorism seminar in Vail Oct. 7 and 8 to learn how to be better prepared in Moffat County.

Anderson, Susan Bowler, a registered nurse at the Visiting Nurse Association, and Beka Warren, patient care planner at The Memorial Hospital, will attend the conference by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Anderson said he expects the conference to be worthwhile.

“Moffat County isn’t high on anyone’s list,” he said. “But it’s good to be prepared. We hope to come away from this conference with more knowledge of bioterrorism.”

Bowler said representatives from 54 counties would attend

the seminar.

Speakers will include people who were at the World Trade Center when it collapsed a year ago and experts in the field of bioterrorism.

A few topics that will be discussed at the seminar include:

Federal funding available to prepare for bioterrorism.

An overview of biological agents.

How outbreak investigations are conducted.

Mental health issues involved with biological attacks.

Bowler said topics discussed at the conference will be brought back to the Moffat County Emergency Medical Advisory Council, a group formed to plan and prepare for bioterrorism threats after last year’s

Sept. 11 attacks.

“We’re working on a collaborative plan to make sure we can all work together if something happened,” Bowler said.


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