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"Dirty Bomb" Preparedness Discussed at Conference (web article)


Conference Examines Radiation Terror Preparedness

Monday, April 12, 2004
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sheraton Baltimore North
903 Dulaney Valley Road
Towson, Md.

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health Preparedness and MidAtlantic Public Health Training Center will sponsor “Dirty Bombs II: Current Concepts in Radiation Terror Preparedness and Response” on Monday, April 12. Experts in the field will discuss terrorism preparedness and response protocol. The conference will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Baltimore North, located at 903 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, Md.

Presenters will speak about the differences between radiation terror incidents and other forms of terrorist attacks. HazMat and bomb squad experts will discuss the challenges faced by incident command systems when responding to dirty bombs. Others will talk about communicating with the general public during a threat and radiation terror as a psychological injury tool. Local radiation terror preparedness, including hospital and emergency department plans, will also be discussed, as well as federal law enforcement preparedness and response procedures.

Speakers will include:

 Robert S. Lawrence, MD
Principle Investigator at the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health Preparedness

Jonathan Links, PhD
Professor of Environmental Health Sciences

Lynn Goldman, MD, MPH
Director of the MidAtlantic Public Health Training Center

Bernard Bogdan
Federal Bureau of Investigation Agent

Lt. Kenneth Hyde
Baltimore City Fire Department HazMat Coordinator

Sgt. Charles Schneider
Baltimore Police Department Bomb Squad Commander

Richard Alcorta, MD, FACEP
Maryland State EMS Medical Director

Conference Agenda and Registration Form

Public Affairs media contacts for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Kenna Brigham or Tim Parsons at 410-955-6878 or Photographs of Robert Lawrence are available upon request.

Reporters interested in attending the conference should contact Kenna Brigham at 410-955-6878.