Recent events around the globe have moved disaster preparedness up the priority list for many Carpinterians and South Coast residents. This Thursday, April 28th, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, at the Plaza Playhouse Theater, 4916 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria, locals will learn the real facts on earthquakes and tsunamis first hand from Mark Ghilarducci, Vice President and Director of the Western U.S./Asia-Pacific Office of Witt Associates, an international disaster consulting firm.

For 28 years, Ghilarducci has been involved in disaster response and recovery activities resulting from hundreds of major incidents within California, nationally and internationally. During the 1995 Kobe earthquake in Japan, Ghilarducci provided technical advice on fire, rescue and recovery operations. In the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, he managed technical urban search and rescue operations. Ghilarducci served as Coordinator of the California response to the 2001 World Trade Center and Pentagon Terrorist attacks. In 2005, when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, he was Advisor to the State of Louisiana.

A panel discussion featuring local officials from the City of Carpinteria, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District, and the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Services, will follow Ghilarducci’s presentation and respond to questions from the public about earthquake and tsunami preparedness.

Admission to the workshop is free. The Plaza Theater doors will open at 6pm. Seating is limited. First come, first serve. For more information, contact Kris McGuire, City of Carpinteria 684-5405 x401.


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