CA Governor’ss Office of Emergency Services Announce Disaster Prep.

Governors Office of Emergency Services and Partners Announce Disaster
Preparedness Conference

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–04/26/2004–Disaster experts from
California and around the world, including Taiwan, Japan, Turkey and
Armenia, will offer their insights and expertise at the upcoming
fourth annual Disaster Resistant California conference, being held May
3-5 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento.

The conference, hosted by the Governor’s Office of Emergency
Services, in partnership with the Collaborative for Disaster
Mitigation at SJSU, brings together local, state, national and
international experts in disaster preparedness, response, recovery and
mitigation. The theme — Realistic Strategies — underscores the
conference’s aim to highlight best practices that can be easily

More than 500 attendees from government, the private sector,
nonprofit organizations, and academia will share their knowledge on
how communities and businesses strengthen their resistance to natural
and human-caused disasters. The conference will feature more than 70
presentations, including talks on:

— The latest alert and warning system technology

— The strength of well-trained disaster volunteers

— The media experience during crisis

— Best mitigation practices in California adopted overseas

— Emergency survival for businesses

— The psychological aspects of surviving disaster

— Lessons learned from Southern California Fires

Also featured are more than 30 exhibitors, technology
demonstrations, DRC Community awards and professional development
courses. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about
and comment on the draft State Hazard Mitigation Plan and hear from
cities about their progress on local mitigation plans, due in

For a complete schedule and registration, visit
Media representatives: please register by contacting
the media contacts.

OES coordinates state-level emergency preparedness, response,
recovery and mitigation for a wide range of natural and human-caused
emergencies and disasters. As part of its responsibilities, OES
coordinates the California Mutual Aid System. Through this “neighbor
helping neighbor” system, resources from throughout the state can be
called on to support local governments, and work with other state and
federal agencies.

The Collaborative for Disaster Mitigation at San Jose State
University is a collaborative effort among local governments, the
private sector and academia. Its main focus is to limit loss of life,
injury and property damage from natural disasters, and to accelerate
economic recovery through implementation of mitigation measures.

CONTACT:Media Contacts/Reservations: OES Sheryl Tankersley,
916-845-8458 or San Leandro Dan Lunsford, 510-577-3332 or CARD Ana
Marie Jones, 510-451-3140

SOURCE: Collaborative for Disaster Mitigation

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