Mar. 30 – Baptist Health International Center of Miami, a division of Baptist Health South Florida, is partnering with Caribbean Central American Action (CCAA) to bring the 2010 Disaster Management Workshop Series to the Caribbean region. The program was developed to increase awareness of best practices in disaster management, with public health assistance as the top priority in planning and relief. Chris Kilroy, manager – emergency preparedness and security at Baptist Health, will address the importance of an organized incident management system to ensure safety and appropriate use of resources By recovery task forces. Recent workshops were completed in Turks and Caicos and The Bahamas, with scheduled workshops to be held: * Antigua: Wednesday, April 14. * St. Kitts and Nevis: Thursday, April 15. “In light of the devastating earthquake in Haiti , it’s critical for Caribbean nations to have the infrastructure in place to ensure medical relief is provided in a timely manner after a natural disaster,” said Lawrence Cole, assistant vice president for marketing and business development for Baptist Health International Center of Miami. “This is an opportunity for communities to hear from experts about lessons learned from past experiences. We hope everyone will walk away with an understanding that preparedness is key for proper disaster management and prevention.” The Disaster Management Workshop Series brings together the region’s top healthcare and business leaders, chambers of commerce, public safety authorities, disaster preparedness managers and contingency planners to address pertinent topics, including public and private sector communications and community-based organizations’ roles in local readiness and recovery. “Preparing the community is an ongoing responsibility, and Baptist Health International Center of Miami’s involvement in this year’s program offers a unique perspective in identifying the necessary tools for effective emergency aid,” said Sally Yearwood, CCAA’s acting executive director. “This workshop will provide leaders in the Caribbean with the knowledge and guidance to minimize loss of life and disease caused By delayed response time.”