Orange County Government, Florida
Laureen Martinez, Assistant Manager, Orange County Communications Division
(407) 836-5301 or Laureen.Martinez@ocfl.net
29 October 2014
Orange County Hosts Community Discussion on Ebola Virus Preparedness

WHAT: Mayor Teresa Jacobs will bring together government and community leaders, as well as public health and law enforcement officials to share plans and provide sector updates. Orange County maintains an extremely high level of readiness and this briefing will further elevate the coordination and familiarization of plans and facilities.

WHO: Dr. George Ralls, Deputy Administrator of Public Safety and Human Services, and Dr. Chris Hunter, Director of Health Services, will provide updates on behalf of Orange County. Community leaders from key sectors, including governance, healthcare, public safety, law enforcement, travel, transportation and more will be in attendance to provide briefings on their sector readiness, and to coordinate with colleagues from other sectors. (See list on page 2.)

WHERE: Orange County Emergency Operations Center 6590 Amory Court, Winter Park, Florida 32792

WHEN: Thursday, October 30, 2014, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Media Availability: 3:30 p.m.

MEDIA AVAILABLITY: Due to limited space in the Emergency Operations Center, media will set up in the press room located adjacent to the main meeting room. Orange TV will provide a clean video and audio feed of the entire discussion for media use. At 3 p.m., Ann Marie Varga and Laureen Martinez will provide Fact Sheets on EOC operations as well as Orange County smart apps available to the public. Beginning at 3:30 p.m., Mayor Jacobs, Dr. Ralls and Orange County Fire Chief Otto Drozd will address the media and be available for questions. Media is strongly encouraged to be in place at 2:45 p.m. For technical questions please contact Mike Seif, Orange TV Operations Manager, at 407-685-9097.

Mayor Teresa Jacobs will provide opening remarks. Dr. George Ralls, Deputy Administrator of Public Safety and Human Services, and Dr. Chris Hunter, Director of Health Services, will provide updates on behalf of Orange County. Other participants include:

Attending and speaking:

  • George Aguel – President and CEO, Visit Orlando
  • Gary Bruhn – Mayor, Windermere, FL and Chairman, Orange County Council of Mayors
  • Dr. Jamal Hakim – Interim CEO, Orlando Health
  • Randy Hartley – COO, Nemours Hospital for Children and Interim Chairman, the Central Florida Disaster Coalition Board
  • Dr. Jeffrey Kuhlman – Senior Vice President and Associate Chief Medical Officer, Florida Hospital
  • Rich Maladecki – President, Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association

Sending designee:
Phillip Brown – Executive Director, GOAA

Designees:
Tom Draper – Director of Operations, GOAA

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About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its citizens and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world famous theme parks, the nation’s second largest convention center, and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners including the Mayor who is elected countywide. For more information please visit www.OCFL.net or go to the Orange County facebook and twitter pages.