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Is San Francisco Disaster Ready?

USF on national stage, as part of a new U.S. homeland security preparedness initiative

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First responders and homeland security experts convene at USF on July 23 to share resources and map how the San Francisco Bay Area would respond to a natural disaster or terrorist attack.

First responders and disaster preparedness experts will converge on the University of San Francisco on July 23 to discuss how they can share resources and apply crisis-level decision protocols in the event of a catastrophe.

The Emerging Issues in Homeland Security and Disaster Response Conference will include presentations and panel discussions about earthquake preparedness, domestic terrorism, and lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil disaster. More than 120 experts will attend from city, state, and federal agencies, among them the San Francisco Fire Department, California Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Coast Guard, as well as private companies such as PG&E and Chevron.

In April, USF was chosen by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as one of seven universities in the country to join a new national preparedness initiative to train campuses to respond to and recover from threats, violence, and natural disasters.

SF police chiefs on hand

"The goal of the seminar is to bring together homeland security and emergency response units from Northern California to evaluate our readiness and share our expertise," said Anthony Ribera, director of the USF International Institute of Criminal Justice Leadership and former San Francisco Police Chief. Ribera with Catherine Horiuchi, associate dean in USF's School of Management, organized the daylong seminar.

Keynote presenters will include Dan Haverty, formerly of the California Department of Homeland Security; Raymond Zilinskas, Biological Weapons Nonproliferation Program director at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Middlebury College; Greg Suhr '88, San Francisco police chief; Joanne Hayes-White, San Francisco fire chief; and others.

Attendance is by invitation. 

by Ed Carpenter Office of Communications and Marketing »email usfnews@usfca.edu | Twitter @usfcanews