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Conference Chairman:
Councilman Greig Smith

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Sessions and Activities

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

  • Megacities and Earthquakes: an L.A. Story
  • Life Line Security
  • Methods of Preparedness
  • Land Use Planning in a Seismic City
  • Legislative Process
  • How to Deal with What You Have
  • Earthquake Technology in Disaster Management
  • Creating the Great ShakeOut

Thursday, November 13, 2008

  • Science of the ShakeOut
  • Field trips to various locations to experience the Great Southern California ShakeOut
  • “Share Fair” to exchange information with the various cities present
  • Earthquake Technology: Early Warning & Prediction
  • Gala Dinner

Friday, November 14, 2008

  • Communicating Messages of Preparedness
  • Economic & Business Recovery
  • Community Resiliency
  • Medical Response & recovery
  • Disaster Risk Financing



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October 14, 2008

The City of Los Angeles hosted an International Earthquake Conference in November, 2008, focusing on Policy, Planning, & Preparedness, in partnership with the Earthquakes and Megacities Initiative and in conjunction with the Great Southern California ShakeOut.

Academics, policy-makers, emergency managers, and responders from the high-earthquake-risk megacities of the world presented best practices & policies, new ideas, and cutting-edge technologies that reduce earthquake risk and minimize losses. They discussed both policy approaches as well as actual tools used to prepare communities and respond to disasters. All attendees took a trip during the conference to observe different venues participating in the ShakeOut Drill on Nov. 13, such as emergency response centers, hospitals, universities, and other institutions.

Additionally, there was an information exchange session - the Share Fair - in which invited cities and institutions offered one-on-one interaction and discussion of their respective earthquake programs.

The Conference highlighted what is being done in Los Angeles & California, as well as cities around the globe. The Conference was presented in partnership with the Earthquakes in Megacities Initiative (EMI), an international, not-for-profit, scientific organization that works with several megacities and metropolises in the world to reduce disaster risk.

The Los Angeles International Earthquake Conference was chaired by Los Angeles City Councilman Greig Smith, who represents the City's 12th District in the Northwest San Fernando Valley (Northridge).