SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The state Department of Public Safety says a homeland security conference covering preparedness, prevention and response has kicked off in Sioux Falls.

The agency said the conference started Tuesday and runs through Thursday. Experts will be discussing new technology, emerging security threats and emergency responses.

Steve Pluta is South Dakota's Director of Homeland Security. Pluta says issues talked about at the conference won't just focus on terrorism, but will also involve natural disasters and man-made emergencies.

He says the conference is meant to offer training and information that can be employed by responding agencies at all levels.

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