High-Level Russians Visit
UNH To Discuss Emergency Planning
Contact: Erika Mantz
UNH Media Relations
March 4, 2005
DURHAM, N.H. — On the heels of President George Bush’s
talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin about renewed cooperation
between Russia and the United States, a similar dialogue will be
occurring between New Hampshire’s political and emergency
management leaders and a delegation of high-ranking officials from
From March 5-12, 2005, a delegation of 10 civil and military leaders
from Russia will participate in a democracy strengthening initiative
and series of workshops throughout the state dealing with emergency
planning and coordination in the event of a natural or manmade disaster.
On Monday, March 7, the delegation will be at the University of
New Hampshire for two presentations between 3:30-5:15 p.m. Ken Brown,
the university’s hazardous materials management coordinator,
will discuss UNH’s system of tracking hazardous materials
and how to coordinate with emergency personnel in the event of an
emergency. Tom Trout, professor of political science, will talk
about the American tradition of civilian control of military.
The program is part of a joint undertaking by UNH, the N.H. National
Guard, and the U.S. Department of Defense to demonstrate to leaders
of countries in transition to democracy the state's unique approach
of how government, nonprofit organizations and the private sector
cooperate in the event of natural or manmade emergencies.
The delegation is led by Lieutenant General Vladimir Puchkov, director,
and Colonel Yuri Sushkov, deputy chief, of the Department of Civil
Defense Forces in the Russian Ministry of Emergencies, an agency
with 250,000 employees similar to the U.S. Federal Emergency Management
“It is a democracy strengthening program,” said program
sponsor Ted Howard, director of the Center for International Education
at UNH, “and we are grateful for the leaders and organizations
throughout the state who have volunteered as participants.
The delegation will attend the Dunbarton Town Meeting, discuss homeland
security with N.H. Homeland Security Director Bruce Cheney, meet
with Gov. John Lynch and Senate President Tom Eaton and House speaker
Doug Scamman, participate in an emergency simulation at Elliot Hospital,
visit the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant, discuss the media’s
role in emergencies, attend a Manchester Monarchs hockey game, and
be hosted at a dinner by community leaders in Nashua organized by
Dr. Griffin Dalianis, the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of Army.
The New Hampshire program, conducted in Russian and English, is
now in its fourth year with earlier delegations from Azerbaijan,
Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Tajikistan, and Macedonia. A delegation
from Latvia is scheduled to visit April 16-20, 2005.