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Sac State forum examines disaster and security preparedness


The forum features participants from government, business and education.

Representatives from Homeland Security, emergency response agencies, business and education will discuss policies and methods of disaster preparedness when Sacramento State hosts a special forum 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2.

Hosted by Emir Jose Macari, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences, “Disaster and Emergency Preparedness and Response Through Education, Training and Exercises,” will be held in Modoc and Napa halls by the University’s College of Continuing Education.

The forum is free. Advance registration is through Nov. 29. Walk-in admissions will be accepted the day of the event if there are vacancies. To register, visit

Breakout sessions and panel topics include corporate emergency management plans, corporate and employee intelligence in support of Homeland Security, community and statewide partnerships, and shaping Sacramento State’s emergency management program for business.

Speakers include Karen Baker, California’s secretary of Service and Volunteering, California Volunteers; Christy Quinlan, California’s interim chief information officer; Stephen Alexander, TechFlow Homeland Security Division; Farley Howell, from the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency; Rick Martinez, Sacramento City and County Office of Emergency Services; and Mike Dayton, undersecretary for the California Emergency Management Agency.

The day begins with registration and continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in Napa Hall 2001 and 2002 and concludes with a University reception at 4:30 p.m. in the Napa Hall lobby.

For more information on the forum, call the College of Continuing Education at (916) 278-4433 or visit For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.