For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Mary Kay Clunies-Ross, PIO, City Manager's Office, (510) 981-7008

Emergency Operation Center exercise will help test City’s ability to work with university, school district and hospitals to respond to pandemic flu emergency

Berkeley, California (Monday, October 22, 2007) - As part of a statewide effort to prepare for an infectious disease emergency, Berkeley will activate the Emergency Operations Center and exercise City decision-making and communication functions.

The facility cannot accommodate media observers, but key personnel from several agencies will participate in a press conference immediately following the exercise.

WHAT: Media conference immediately following EOC Pan Flu Exercise

WHO: City Manager Phil Kamlarz and Public Health Officer Dr. Linda Rudolph, M.D. to speak.

Available for questions will be:

·       Berkeley Police Chief Doug Hambleton;

·       Berkeley Fire Chief Debra Pryor;

·       Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal Gil Dong

·       Representatives of other governmental and health agencies

WHEN: Thursday, October 25, 2007 at noon 

WHERE: Front steps of the Public Safety Building

WHY: To share with the media and the public the lessons of the EOC activation and the importance of personal preparedness for a pandemic flu.

As part of the same awareness effort, Dr. Rudolph will give the City Council a workshop on pandemic flu preparedness. This workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, October 23, 2007 at 6:30 p.m.