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Meeting Report: Preparing to Save Lives and Recover After a Nuclear Detonation--Implications for U.S. Policy

Nidhi Bouri, Ann Norwood, Tara Kirk Sell
Date posted:
April 29, 2010
Publication type:
Meeting report

Center for Biosecurity of UPMC, April 29, 2010


On April 29, 2010, the Center for Biosecurity of UPMC convened an invitational conference in Washington, DC, Preparing to Save Lives and Recover After a Nuclear Detonation: Implications for U.S. Policy, to examine critical issues associated with response to and recovery from a nuclear detonation and to consider the policy implications of those issues. The meeting was attended by more than 150 participants, who included federal, state, and local government officials, congressional staff, policy analysts, academics, members of the media, and experienced practitioners from the public health, medical, and emergency management communities.

Among the day’s presenters were Joan Rohlfing, President, NTI; Brooke Buddemeier, Global Security Directorate, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL); John Fortier, Executive Director, AEI/Brookings Continuity of Government Commission; and White House officials David Marcozzi and Tammy Taylor, both of whom spoke off-the-record. The meeting also featured 3 distinguished panels that explored some of the most difficult challenges that would face policymakers in the event of a nuclear detonation. Panelists discussed proposals for strengthening preparedness efforts. See the Conference Agenda for a complete list of speakers, panels, and presentations.



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