Government officials reached out to business leaders during a conference in Edinboro on Friday.

The conference was sponsored by the Northwest Pennsylvania Business Coalition for Homeland Security.  Government officials want help from the private sector in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist attack.  They say preparation is the key.

"The private sector has tremendous resources to bring to play in these events. And when it's time to fight the fight, you want all the troops that you can muster. And the time to muster them is not when you're about to go to war," said Glenn Cannon, Director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.

The keynote speaker for the conference was Larry Camper, a director at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.