Emergency preparedness group plans West Slope meeting

An organization that promotes collaborative efforts between the private sector and government in responding to disasters has scheduled its first official meeting in Western Colorado.

The Colorado Emergency Preparedness Partnership (CEPP) will host the meeting at 9 a.m. June 13 at the Colorado Mesa University Center, located near 12th and Elm streets in Grand Junction.

The meeting will include a presentation by psychologist John Nicoletti on workplace and school violence and strategies for dealing with shooters.

Nicoletti is considered a national expert in violence risk assessment, workplace and school violence prevention, crisis intervention and trauma recovery. He has participated in such high-profile investigations as the Columbine and Virginia Tech shootings.

The CEPP works to bring together businesses and local and state government agencies to better respond to human- and nature-caused disasters. CEPP initiatives include an e-mail alert system, online situation center and a registry of equipment and skilled employees that are available in the event of disasters.

Early registration for the June 13 meeting is encouraged. To register for or obtain more information about the meeting or CEPP, including a free CMU parking pass, visit www.thecepp.org.