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Advancing US Resilience to a Nuclear Catastrophe


Overview

The conference Advancing US Resilience to a Nuclear Catastrophe was held on May 19, 2011, in Washington, DC. The meeting focused on policies and new proposals to strengthen the capacity of major US cities, and the nation as a whole, to withstand a nuclear catastrophe. With particular emphasis on response to a terrorist detonation of a nuclear weapon and early lessons emerging from the recent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, distinguished speakers and panelists addressed a number of key issues, including governance challenges, measures to protect people from nuclear fallout, and new proposals for building medical response capacity.

We invite you to explore the conference website, where you will find videos of the day's discussions as well as the conference agenda and other relevant materials.

Rad Resilient City: We also invite you to learn about the Rad Resilient City, which was created by the Center for Biosecurity to provide leaders from high terrorism risk cities with a checklist of preparedness actions that could save tens of thousands of lives or more following a nuclear detonation through adequate protection against radioactive fallout. To learn more, please visit the RRC website or download a brief on the iniative.


This meeting was made possible by the generous support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.




Agenda

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Responding to New Nuclear Challenges
Thomas V. Inglesby, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC


Updated Models of the Effects of a Nuclear Detonation in a Major City
Brooke Buddemeier, Global Security Directorate, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: Bounding the Problem


Panel Discussion: Preparing the Public to Take Protective Actions Against Fallout

  • Ann Norwood, Senior Associate, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC, Moderator
  • Monica Schoch-Spana, Senior Associate, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC: Building Rad Resilient Cities: A Checklist for Fallout Preparedness
  • Dennis Mileti, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder: Public Preparedness: What Really Motivates People
  • David McKernan, Coordinator, Office of Emergency Management, Fairfax County, VA: Local Realities in Preparing for Nuclear Terrorism


Panel Discussion: New Proposals and Recent Progress on Medical Response to a Nuclear Detonation

  • Richard E. Waldhorn, Contributing Scholar, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC, Moderator
  • John Hick, Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness, Hennepin County Medical Center: Health Care Response to a Nuclear Detonation: An Overview of Recent Progress in National Planning
  • David Weinstock, Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Medical Advisor, Radiation Injury Treatment Network: The Radiation Injury Treatment Network: Leveraging Existing Expertise to Guide Care for Tens of Thousands
  • Eric Toner, Senior Associate, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC: How to Screen a Million People for Radiation Exposure in a Few Days: Harnessing the Private Sector


Lessons from Three Mile Island for American Nuclear Response
Harold Denton, Former Director, Division of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, NRC


Leadership in Times of National Crisis
Thad W. Allen, Senior Fellow, RAND Corporation


Preparedness for a Nuclear Disaster: Views from Europe
Ray Powles, Chairman, EBMT, Society's Nuclear Accident Committee


Lessons for the U.S. from the Japanese Nuclear Crisis
William C. Ostendorff, Commissioner, US NRC


Roundtable Discussion: Responding to a Mass Radiation Emergency: Lessons Learned from Japan

  • Joseph E. Fitzgerald, Contributing Scholar, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC, Moderator
  • Yoshikura Haraguchi, National Hospital Tokyo Disaster Medical Center, Department of Critical Care Medicine
  • Steven M. Becker, Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health
  • Scott Deitchman, Associate Director for Terrorism Preparedness and Response, National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, CDC
  • Michael Gresalfi, Senior Advisor, CBRNE, Response Directorate, FEMA


National Leadership in Building Nuclear Resiliency
Brian E. Kamoie, Senior Director for Preparedness, Resilience Policy, National Security Staff, The White House


US Response to a Nuclear Crisis
Joseph J. Krol, Jr., Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations, US Department of Energy




Speakers

Thad Allen
Thad Allen, MPA, MS
Senior Fellow, RAND Corporation
 
Steven M. Becker
Steven M. Becker, PhD
Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Public Health
 
Brooke Buddemeier
Brooke Buddemeier, MS, CHP
Global Security Directorate, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
 
Anita Cicero
Anita Cicero, JD
Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Director, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
 
Scott Deitchman
Scott Deitchman, MD, MPH
Associate Director for Terrorism Preparedness and Response, National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
 
Harold Denton
Harold Denton
Former Director, Division of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, Nuclear Regulatory Commission
 
Joseph Fitzgerald
Joseph Fitzgerald, MS, MPH
Contributing Scholar, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
 
Michael J. Gresalfi
Michael J. Gresalfi, PhD
Senior Advisor, CBRNE, Response Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency
 
Yoshikura Haraguchi
Yoshikura Haraguchi, MD, PhD, FICS
National Hospital Tokyo Disaster Medical Center, Department of Critical Care Medicine
 
John Hick
John Hick, MD
Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness, Hennepin County Medical Center
 
Tom Inglesby
Thomas Inglesby, MD
Chief Executive Officer and Director, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
 
Brian Kamoie
Brian Kamoie, JD, MPH
Senior Director for Preparedness, Resilience Policy, National Security Staff, The White House
 
RADM Joseph J. Krol
RADM Joseph J. Krol
Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations, U.S. Department of Energy
 
David M. McKernan
David M. McKernan, MS
Coordinator, Office of Emergency Management, Fairfax County, VA
 
Dennis S. Mileti
Dennis S. Mileti, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder
 
Ann Norwood
Ann Norwood, MD, COL, USA, MC (Ret)
Senior Associate, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
 
William C. Ostendorff
William C. Ostendorff, JD, LLM
Commissioner, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
 
Ray Powles
Ray Powles, MD
Chairman of the European Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) Society's Nuclear Accident Committee
 
Monica Schoch-Spana
Monica Schoch-Spana, PhD
Senior Associate, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
 
Eric Toner
Eric Toner, MD
Senior Associate, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
 
Richard Waldhorn
Richard Waldhorn, MD
Contributing Scholar, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
 
David Weinstock
David Weinstock, MD
Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Department of Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Medical Advisor, Radiation Injury Treatment Network
 



Attendees

  • Katherine Aaby, Montgomery County Public Health Dept.
  • Gary Ackerman, START
  • Amesh Adalja, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Leeanna Allen, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
  • Meredith Allen, CRA
  • Thad Allen, RAND
  • Bruce Altevogt, Institute of Medicine
  • George Annas, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Judy Bader, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • Steven Becker, Univ. of AL at Birmingham School of Public Health
  • Gregory Bice, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • Tamara Blount
  • James Blumenstock, ASTHO
  • Daniel Blumenthal, U.S. Dept. of Energy
  • Arnold Bogis, Harvard University
  • Nidhi Bouri, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Maria Brandstrom, Swedish Embassy
  • Kathryn Brinsfield, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
  • Barbara Brookmyer, Frederick County Health Department
  • Brooke Buddemeier, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Hannah Burk, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, OIG/OEI
  • Eric Carter, City of Fort Worth
  • Elizabeth Carter, New York City Office of Emergency Management
  • Kevin Caspary, ORISE
  • R. Aubrey Cheatham, CRA, Inc.
  • Ray Ciarcia, Senate Homeland Security Committee
  • Anita Cicero, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Janet Clements, All Hazards Consortium
  • Ken Cliffer, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, ASPR/OPP/MCSR
  • Norman Coleman, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services/ASPR
  • David Collins
  • Elise Connor, Nuclear Threat Initiative
  • Ellen Cornelius
  • Robert Davis, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security/OHA
  • Scott Deitchman, CDC/Coord. Ctr. for Env. Health & Injury Prev.
  • Raphael Della Ratta, Partnership for a Global Security
  • Harold Denton
  • Molly D'Esopo, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Andrea DiCarlo, National Institutes of Health/NIAID
  • Cosmo DiMaggio III, The Tauri Group
  • Dan Dodgen, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • Jessica Drum, Gryphon Scientific
  • Susan Ehrlich, Galveston National Lab
  • Joanna Engstrom-Brown, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Gerald Epstein, AAAS
  • Robert Feldman, Cook County Hospital System
  • Aaron Firoved, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
  • Joe Fitzgerald, Saliant
  • Daniel Flynn
  • Boglarka Freije, CRA-USA
  • Andrew Garrett, National Disaster Medical System
  • Bonnie Gewanter, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services ASPR/OPP
  • Lori Gordon, MITRE
  • Michael Gresalfi, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security/FEMA
  • Gigi Gronvall, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Elin Gursky, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • Cynthia Hansen, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • Mary Beth Hansen, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Maari Hanson, CRA
  • Yoshikura Haraguchi, Ninjin Medical and Health Facilities, Tokyo
  • Kristina Hatcher, National Nuclear Security Administration
  • Matthew Hepburn, National Security Staff
  • John Hick, Hennepin County Medical Center
  • David Howell, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • Chad Hrdina, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • Tom Hu, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services/ASPR
  • Dave Hunt, CRA, Inc.
  • Maria Huynh, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
  • Adam Hutter, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
  • Thomas V. Inglesby, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Narayan Iyer, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, ASPR/BARDA/CBRN
  • James James, American Medical Association
  • Maria Jasen, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • William Jenkins, Jr., U.S. GAO
  • Peter Jutro, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Brian Kamoie, White House
  • Lynne Kidder, The WMD Center
  • Heather King
  • Nobuaki Kiriu, George Washington University
  • Corissa Kiyan, U.S. GAO
  • Jessica Kratchman, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Joseph Krol, U.S. Dept. of Energy
  • Randy Larsen, WMD Center
  • Mary Lasky, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Tanna Liggins, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Davia Lilly, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Li Liu, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Bert Maidment, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services/NIH
  • Ben Mallory, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
  • Bob Maloney, Baltimore City Office of Emergency Management
  • Karen Marsh, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security/FEMA
  • Richard Martinello, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
  • Libero Marzella, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • Martin Matishak, Global Security Newswire
  • Derek Matthews, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
  • R. Alan McCurry, The McCurry Group, LLC
  • Michael McDonald, Global Health Initiatives, Inc.
  • Dave McIntyre, Homeland Security Institute
  • David McKernan
  • Andrew McMahan, NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Julie McMorrow, NACCHO
  • Jonathan Medalia, Library of Congress/CRS
  • Dennis Mileti
  • Erin Mullen, PhRMA
  • Paula Murrain-Hill, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • Iyasu Nagata
  • Ann Norwood, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Jennifer Nuzzo, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Scott Nystrom, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
  • Mouneer Odeh, Quest Diagnostics
  • William Ostendorff, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Christopher Page, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security/FEMA
  • Philip Palin, RCPGP Project 4
  • Russ Paulsen, American Red Cross
  • Jennifer Pierson, APHL
  • Daniel Polanski, Georgia Dept. of Public Health
  • Ian Portelli, NYU School of Medicine, Dept. of Emerg. Med.
  • Ray Powles, EBMT
  • Lewis Radonovich, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Kunal Rambhia, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Joshua Robinette, DC Department of Health
  • Debra Robinson, NACCHO
  • Deborah Rosenblum, NTI
  • Bob Ross, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
  • Deborah Schneider, SC&A, Inc.
  • Monica Schoch-Spana, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Fred Selck, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Yuliya Seldina, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Tara Kirk Sell, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Alla Shapiro, U.S. FDA
  • Sushil Sharma, U.S. GAO
  • Dana Shea, Library of Congress/CRS
  • Amy Sheridan, ASTHO
  • Paul Simpson, Centers for Disease Control
  • Brad Smith, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security/S&T
  • Jacqueline Snelling, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security/FEMA
  • James B. Sprague, de Beaumont Foundation
  • Ben Stevenson, Regional Integration Center
  • Clare Stroud, Institute of Medicine
  • Kate Summers, U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms
  • John Szymanski, Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Todd Talbert, CDC
  • Eric Toner, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Brian Tse
  • Edward Tupin, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Price Tyson, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • RADM W.C. Vanderwagen, Martin Blanck and Assoc.
  • Lee Ann Veal, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Richard Waldhorn, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Matthew Watson, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • David Weinstock, Harvard Medical School
  • Michael Welling, Virginia Department of Health
  • Al Wiley, REACTS, ORISE, ORAU
  • Sarah Williams, AAAS
  • Sam Wollner, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Jacqueline Yannacci, Red Cross