More than 550 signed up for Augusta conference on emergency preparedness

Posted April 24, 2012, at 5:41 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Organizers say more than 550 people are signed up to attend a two-day Maine emergency preparedness conference in Augusta.

Those registered for the conference Tuesday and Wednesday include first responders, government officials, business leaders, school administrators, health and social service providers and volunteers. Gov. Paul LePage will deliver welcoming remarks at the Maine Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference at the Augusta Civic Center.

The emergency manager for the state of Vermont on Tuesday will discuss the state’s response to Tropical Storm Irene last year. On Wednesday, a Springfield, Mass., official will discuss the response to last year’s tornado in that part of New England.

Hazardous materials responses workshops are also part of the agenda.