Academy Agenda
2022 Emergency Communications Academy

COVID Protocols Update:  At this time, the CalOES office has daily COVID testing for anyone (regardless of vaccination status) entering their office / emergency operations center. We are working with their provider for testing on day one as well at Lake Natoma Inn. We will build time into the schedule to accommodate this testing for both days.


Day 1 – Tuesday, May 17, 2022 

Lake Natoma Inn (702 Gold Lake Drive, Folsom, CA 95630)

Time Session / Event Location
7 – 9 a.m. COVID rapid testing (provided for all attendees) Lake Natoma Inn Foyer
7 – 9 a.m. Academy Registration Lake Natoma Inn Foyer
9 – 9:15 a.m.

Academy Welcome
Elaine Andersen, City Manager, City of Folsom
Amy Williams, Past President, CAPIO and Communications Chief of Staff, City of Sacramento

Brian Ferguson, Deputy Director Communications, Cal OES

Academy Overview and Goals

Sierra Ballroom
9:15 – 10:15a.m. Leadership Perspective: Communications in a Time of Crisis
Mark Ghilarducci, Director, Cal OES
Christina Curry, Chief Deputy Director, Cal OES
Sierra Ballroom
10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Coffee Break / Networking Foyer
10:45 a.m.- 12 p.m. Multi-Agency Response: Lessons Learned from Super Bowl LVI Joint Information Center
Soraya Sutherlin, Joint Information Center Manager
Dr. Crystal McGlover, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at City of Inglewood
Sierra Ballroom
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch / Networking Sierra Ballroom
1 – 2 p.m. Life or Death Messaging – Caldor Fire Evacuation
Lindsay Baker
, Assistant to the City Manager/Public Information Officer for the City of South Lake Tahoe
Jeff Roberson, Lieutenant, for the City of South Lake Tahoe Police Department
Sierra Ballroom
2 – 3 p.m.

Breakout 1: We’re all Ears: Podcasting for PIO’s
Shawn Boyd, PIO, Podcast Host, Cal OES

Breakout 2: Roundtable: Utilizing School Districts to Get Your Message Out
Elaine Kong, Moderator, Vacaville ISD   
Jennifer Leonard, Solano County Office of Education     
Jason Johnson, City of Vacaville  
Trinette Marquis, Executive Dir., California School Public Relations Association

Sutter Room

Sierra Ballroom

3 – 3:15 p.m. Break / Resource Exhibits


3:15 – 4:15 p.m.

Breakout 1: A Growing Threat: Combating Mis- and Dis-Information
Sonya Harris, Senior Advisor, COVID-19 Vaccine Tast Force

Breakout 2: Staying Alive: Wildfire Safety on the Front Lines
Cal Fire

Sierra Ballroom

Sutter Room

4:15 – 5 p.m. Day 2 Sneak Peak & Tips Sierra Ballroom
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Networking Reception
Reception hosted by Visit Folsom and CAPIO at Willamette Wine Works in historic Folsom.
Historic Folsom
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Dinner (on your own) – Explore one of the many wonderful restaurants in historic Folsom.  Plan ahead and preview options at or be spontaneous. Historic Folsom

Day 2 – Wednesday, May 18, 2022

CAL OES 3650 Schriever Ave., Mather, CA 95655

7:30 – 8 a.m. Load Bus / Bus Departs Lake Natoma Inn for CAL OES

8:00 for California’s State Operations Center 3650 Schriever Ave., Mather, CA 95655

PLEASE BRING YOUR BADGE FOR DAY 2 – groups will follow the agenda by team color/group.

Parking: The Cal OES headquarters building is located on Schriever (Entrance is close to Old Placerville Road cross-street). The gates will be open and there is plenty of parking within the Cal OES lot. Upon arrival staff will check you in and direct you to gather in the multi-purpose room.

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Coffee / Breakfast at CAL OES

Covid Rapid Testing

8:00 – 9 a.m. Welcome to State Operations Center Overview of Exercise / Training Day Rotations SOC
9 – 10:30 a.m.

Team Exercises – Rotation 1

Joint Information Center Exercise – Red Team

The Press Conference – Blue Team

The On-Camera Interview  –  White Team


Media Room

Multi-Purpose Room

10:45 – 12:15 a.m.

Team Exercises – Rotation 2

Joint Information Center Exercise –  White Team

The Press Conference –  Red Team

The On-Camera Interview  – Blue Team


Media Room

Multi-Purpose Room

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch / Networking Multi-Purpose Room 
1:00 – 2:30 pm

Team Exercises – Rotation 3

Joint Information Center Exercise – Blue Team

The Press Conference –  White Team

The On-Camera Interview  –  Red Team


Media Room

Multi-Purpose Room

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Hotwash & Closing Comments Multi-Purpose Room
3:15 – 4:00 p.m. Bus trip to Airport