TULSA – Tulsa Partners, Inc. will host an interactive workshop at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa featuring the nation’s leading disaster mitigation experts. “Building a Disaster-Resistant Community: Bridging Research and Practice” will take place May 24-25 in OSU-Tulsa’s Conference Center beginning at 8 a.m. The symposium will bring together academicians, emergency management professionals, local and state government representatives, and private business partners to share ideas, technology and resources for managing disasters. Speakers will discuss how research is changing the way federal, state and local officials view disasters and the way in which they respond. The keynote speaker is Dr. Shirley Laska, director of the Center for Hazards Assessment, Response and Technology at the University of New Orleans. Laska is the author of numerous publications, including a paper titled “What if Ivan Hadn’t Missed New Orleans?” She is currently involved in work designed to integrate the academic community with community-based coastal restoration. Dr. Dave Neal and Dr. Brenda Phillips with OSU’s Center for the Study of Disasters and Extreme Events will each give presentations during the symposium. Other speakers include former FEMA Chief of Staff Jane Bullock and former FEMA Deputy Chief of Staff George Haddow; Don Hamilton, executive director of the Oklahoma City Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism; and Dr. Pam Jenkins of the University of New Orleans. Registration for the symposium is $50. For more information or to register, call 918-596-9626. ### About Tulsa Partners, Inc. The goal of Tulsa Partners, Inc., a non-profit organization, is to promote public-private partnerships in an effort to reduce the vulnerability of communities to natural and manmade disasters through its support of Tulsa Citizen Corps. Tulsa Citizen Corps programs provide CPR training, first aid training, CERT training, and Safe and Secure Senior education to everyday citizens, neighborhoods, schools, companies and non-profit organizations.