The Cuomo administration will hold a two-day conference on government response to disasters and emergencies.  The inaugural Governor’s Summit on Emergency Preparedness will be held in Albany on Oct. 29 and 30 at the state convention center in Albany.

The event will be conducted by the state’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES).  Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will speak via teleconference, and CNN’s national security analyst Peter Bergen also will participate.

As part of the governor’s efforts to “build a new approach to statewide planning and preparedness with the goal to build the best emergency response system in the nation,” the event is intended to, “enable the state’s emergency response community to look back at lessons learned, and look forward to make the response to, recovery from, and mitigation of future disasters easier and more effective.”