USF Hosts Conference on Homeland Security & Disaster Response

SAN FRANCISCO (July 15, 2013)

The University of San Francisco (USF) School of Management will host Emerging Issues in Homeland Security and Disaster Response, a one-day conference on emergency readiness on July 23. Designed for emergency response personnel from the nine Bay Area counties, this inaugural conference will include presentations and panel discussions focused on earthquake preparedness, domestic terrorism, lessons learned from hurricane Katrina and the BP oil disaster, and decision-making strategies in crisis situations. Approximately 125 emergency response personnel from across the Bay Area will participate, as well as leaders from PG&E, Chevron, Verizon, U.S. Coast Guard, Public Utilities Commission, Department of Justice, California Department of Homeland Security, and the San Francisco Fire and Police Departments.

Anthony Ribera, former San Francisco Police Chief and current director of USF's International Institute of Criminal Justice Leadership, worked alongside USF School of Management Associate Dean Catherine Horiuchi to develop and organize this conference to meet the ever-present need for current strategies and proven best practices in crisis situations.

"The goal of the seminar is to bring together homeland security and emergency response units of Northern California to evaluate our readiness and share our expertise," said Ribera. "We hope attendees will get a better understanding of available resources and new strategies in the field, and embrace a spirit of cooperation as we prepare for and plan our responses to disasters. The University of San Francisco's School of Management is committed to providing academic support for the homeland security and emergency response community in Northern California."

The symposium will include a full day of speakers and panel discussions sessions covering benchmarking strategies, fiduciary responsibilities, and leadership priorities. Distinguished keynote speakers and presenters include Chief Joanne Hayes-White of the San Francisco Fire Dept., Dan Haverty, formerly of the California Department of Homeland Security, Bernard Melekian, former director of the COPS Office (Community Oriented Policing Services), Billy Nungesser of Plaquemines Parish in Louisiana, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr, and Raymond Zelinskas, director of the Biological Weapons Nonproliferation Program.

For a detailed agenda of the day's speakers, or to request interviews with Anthony Ribera or Catherine Horiuchi, please contact Anne-Marie Devine, USF's senior director of media relations, at (415) 422-2697 or

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