The Northeast Texas Public Health District, or NET Health, will present the Public Health Capabilities: Bridging the Gap Between Planning and Preparedness conference to educate East Texans about the importance of emergency planning and response.

The conference will be held noon to 5 p.m. July 8; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 9; and 8 a.m. to noon July 10, at the Holiday Inn South Broadway, 5701 S. Broadway Ave.

Continuing education credit for multiple disciplines will be provided for this conference, hosted by the health district's Department of Public Health Emergency Preparedness.

The opening speaker will be Red Cross Ambassador, Lt. General Russel Honoré. The Lieutenant General served as the 33rd commanding general of the U.S. First Army at Fort Gillem, Ga. He is known for being the designated commander of Joint Task Force Katrina.

The intended audience for the conference is business owners, hospital administrators, response personnel, volunteers and medical professionals. Sessions include information on social media, mass fatality, disease surveillance, continuity of operations and behavioral health.

"NET Health is pleased to bring a large-scale conference to East Texas and hope that the information provided is useful to each individual, in their planning efforts. Emergency planning, response and recovery will make East Texas an even stronger community in which to live," said George Roberts, chief executive officer at NET Health.

For more information or to register for the conference, visit and click on the link to the right titled "PHEP Capabilities Conference" or call 903-595-1350.