URS Selected for Bay Area Regional Emergency Coordination Plan

URS Corporation to develop cities' emergency coordination plan


SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 17, 2005--URS Corporation (NYSE: URS) today announced that the Company has been selected by a consortium of emergency management agencies in San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland and the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services to develop a regional emergency coordination plan that will cover the entire Bay Area region. The project is one of the first of its kind in the United States and is likely to serve as a blueprint for other large metropolitan areas seeking to coordinate disaster planning and response across multiple jurisdictions.

Commenting on the contract award, Martin Koffel, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of URS, stated: "We are thrilled to be partnering with San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland and the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services. With URS' combined capabilities as one of the largest engineering design firms in the world and the expertise we have gained from conducting over 150 homeland security assessment and planning assignments across the country since 2002, URS is uniquely positioned to assist the Bay Area in developing an emergency plan that sets a national standard for regional emergency readiness."

Under the terms of the contract, URS will provide management, planning, training, and exercise services necessary for a regional approach to natural and human-caused emergencies affecting emergency services, infrastructure, transportation, public works and utilities, and health care facilities in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma counties. The plan will set clear procedures for regional coordination among city, county, state, and federal agencies for emergency management, public safety, and public health under various catastrophic scenarios. The planning process will leverage existing regional resources, fulfill federal requirements, engage regional stakeholders, and build upon existing best practices. The two-year contract has an estimated value to URS of $2.2 million.

Following the analysis, design and development of the regional emergency coordination plan, URS will work in conjunction with local emergency management agencies, the Governor's Office of Emergency Services and other officials to develop seminars, workshops and eight multi-jurisdictional exercises incorporating critical components of the plan. The exercises, which will include two functional exercises that will be regional in scope, will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the plan.

URS Corporation offers a comprehensive range of professional planning and design, systems engineering and technical assistance, program and construction management, and operations and maintenance services for transportation, commercial/industrial, facilities, environmental, water/wastewater, homeland security, installations and logistics, and defense systems. Headquartered in San Francisco, the Company operates in more than 20 countries with approximately 28,000 employees providing engineering and technical services to federal, state and local governmental agencies as well as private clients in the chemical, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, power, manufacturing, mining and forest products industries (www.urscorp.com).