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  Surviving a 10kt Improvised Nuclear Device explosion in the National Capital Region  

Please join us, in person or online, for a conversation with Jack Brown, Director of Arlington County's Office of Emergency Management, on "Surviving a 10kt Improvised Nuclear Device explosion in the National Capital Region," on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, at 12:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP requested at
Abstract: The explosion of a 10kt nuclear device in the National Capital Region would have catastrophic consequences resulting in thousands of deaths and injuries, along with billions of dollars in damage. However, there are strategies for those who survive the initial blast to limit the effects of fallout. This talk will outline these protective actions by introducing planning tools developed by the fede3ral interagency community: a minimum number of credible scenarios (the 15 "National Planning Scenarios") were developed to represent the range of potential terrorist attacks and natural disasters, and to establish the range of response requirements to facilitate preparedness planning. In the scenario presented in this talk, terrorists assemble a gun-type nuclear device using stolen material smuggled into the country, and transport the assembled device to a metropolitan center in a delivery van. The blast damage, including thermal radiation, prompt radiation, and the subsequent radioactive fallout have been calculated for Washington, DC. The presentation will discuss response activities such as dispatching response units, making incident scene reports, detecting and identifying the source, establishing a perimeter, collecting information, making hazard assessments and predictions, coordinating hospital and urgent care facilities, coordinating county and State response requests and coordinating monitoring, surveying, and sampling operations. The talk will also survey expected challenges to these response activities, including the impact of power outages and damaged electronic equipment. It will demonstrate that by far the greatest factor impacting the reduction of the effects of the detonation on the general population will be the speed and appropriateness of the evacuation/shelter-in-place decisions that are made and the effectiveness of the dissemination of this information.

About the speaker: Jack Brown is the Director of the Arlington County Office of Emergency Management where he has been employed since 2006. He spent 29 years with the Fairfax County, Virginia Fire & Rescue Department, where he retired as Assistant Fire Chief of Operations in 2000. Brown then became the Assistant Chief for the Loudon County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management, where he led a team of firefighters to the Pentagon on 9/11 and served as the initial Planning Section Chief for the incident. He retired from the Coast Guard Reserve as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 with 33 years of combined Army and Coast Guard Reserve service. Her was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for actions in Baghdad, Iraq in 2007. Brown has a B.S. in Fire Science Administration from the University of Maryland and a M.S. in Quality Systems Management from the National Graduate School. He is a 1997 graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program; a 2009 graduate of Leadership Arlington; and a 2011 graduate of the Executive Leadership Program in the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. Brown is designated as a Certified Emergency Manager by the International Association of Emergency Managers.
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Location: Virginia Tech Research Center in Arlington, VA (metro Ballston)
Price: free
Contact: Sonja Schmid
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