Latino Emergency Council to host leadership summit
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Thursday, Sept. 20

Latino Emergency Leadership Summit 2012

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Harvest Hall, 3800 Cornucopia Way, in Modesto


The Latino Emergency Council will host the first-ever Latino Emergency Leadership Summit 2012, bringing together more than 75 community organizations that work with the Latino community. This is the first summit of its kind in California and possibly in the nation, organizers say.

The summit is designed to highlight the importance of emergency preparedness and response in the Latino community. The focus will be on how organizations can work together to impact the hard-to-reach Latino community in Stanislaus County.

The Summit will feature guest speakers and roundtable discussion to generate ideas to improve emergency management for the Latino community. There are 120 attendees representing scores of organizations throughout the community. Representatives from CalEMA, FEMA, public safety, nonprofits, the faith community, government and private sector will be attending.

The event will kick off at 11 a.m. and will feature Chief Gary Hinshaw presenting on how disasters strike and are managed at the local level, and overview of the Latino Emergency Council by its President Dale Butler.

There will then be a working lunch with brainstorming at individual tables during the noon hour. Results will be reported in at 1 p.m. with final wrap up at 1:30 p.m.

The Latino Emergency Council was formed in the fall of 2005 to foster communication between leadership of the Latino community and the Stanislaus County Office of Emergency Services in the event of a disaster situation. The LEC has assisted in emergency response for the County Office of Emergency Services during the H1N1 Swine Flu outbreak, multiple heat emergencies, West Nile virus and cold weather issues. Members have also helped in disaster exercises, community emergency preparedness events and multiple community events around the County.

The event is sponsored by Stanislaus County Supervisor Vito Chiesa, Modesto Irrigation District and Turlock Irrigation District.

Attendance is by advanced registration only for organizations that work with the Latino community. Organizations can register by emailing to

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