Join communications professionals from across the state for this unique, hands-on training academy for those wanting to learn effective, cutting-edge risk and crisis communication tactics and strategies using lessons learned from real-world events.  This is a two-day academy with robust training and presentations on day one and a field trip to California's state emergency operations center for hands-on experiences on day two. This academy is taught by public safety experts from federal, state and local government agencies such as FEMA, Cal OES, CHP, CAL FIRE, CDPH and others. It’s designed for public information professionals who understand the basics of their job and want to expand their knowledge and skills to handle the unique complexities of crises such as natural and manmade disasters.  

Day 1 - November 5 - Embassy Suites Riverfront Promenade, 100 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814

Format:  General Sessions followed by breakouts sessions (10 a.m.– 5 p.m.)

Topics Include:

  • Planning for risk and crisis communication
  • Best practices learned from real-world critical incidents
  • How to create and run an effective Joint Information System/Center
  • Media Outreach/Response

Evening reception at the Embassy, Dinner on your own in historic Old Sacramento, adjacent to the hotel

Day 2 – November 6 – California’s State Emergency Operations Center, 3650 Schriever Ave., Mather, CA 95655

8:30 am – Bus to Mather from Embassy Suites / 3:45 p.m. Return to Embassy

Format: Hands-on Training Workstations (9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)

  • Mock press conferences
  • Live interview training
  • JIC development 


$240 – CAPIO Members
$340 – Non-Members
Includes lunch both days.  Breakfast will be included for overnight guests at the Embassy based on their stay.


Hotel Block:

CAPIO has secured a block of rooms at the Embassy Suites Sacramento Riverfront
Rate:  $128 plus tax


Limited rooms – book early before rooms fill.  Hotel reservation deadline - October 14 or when rooms sell out, whichever comes first.
Complimentary airport shuttle from the Sacramento International Airport (SMF)