Emergency Responders Attend Statewide Terrorism Preparedness Conference

JULY 9, 2004 - Posted at 7:25 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - State agencies that would respond to a terrorist attack are skilled enough to do so, but need to work on communicating with one another.

That's the opinion of one of the organizers of Arkansas' first Statewide Terrorism Preparedness Conference.  Steven Strode made the comment yesterday while moderating a panel discussion on the current state of preparedness.

The two-day conference in Little Rock is being attended by representatives from law enforcement and fire departments, hospitals, the Arkansas National Guard, and federal and state agencies.

Potential targets in the state include Arkansas Nuclear One in Russellville, Highland Industrial Park in East Camden, the Pine Bluff Arsenal and the state Capitol, said David Maxwell, deputy director of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management.

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