Nuclear Preparedness: Is the United States Ready

In 2009, the History Channel created a documentary, entitled “Day After Disaster,” to address the scenario of a suitcase nuclear detonation in a major metropolitan city. On 9 April 2014, Craig DeAtley revisited the topic in an article, which was followed by a DomPrep poll to help review the preparedness level of the nation for such an attack if it were to occur today. The following panel discussion brings together five subject matter experts – including three from the 2009 documentary – to address the gaps as well as the progress in nuclear preparedness over the past five years.

Presenters: Craig DeAtley
 Director, Institute for Public Health Emergency Readiness, MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Craig DeAtley is the director of the Institute for Public Health Emergency Readiness at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center, D.C., and co-executive director of the Center for HICS Education and Training. He was previously an associate professor of emergency medicine at George Washington University for 28 years. Since 1975, he has been a physician assistant at Fairfax Hospital, a Level 1 Trauma Center in Northern Virginia. He has served as a volunteer paramedic with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, a member of the department’s urban search and rescue team, and an assistant medical director with the Fairfax County Police Department.


James J. Augustine, M.D.
 Emergency Physician, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Wright State University

James J. Augustine, M.D., is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a clinical associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He is a member of the board of directors of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the director of clinical operations for EMP, an emergency physician group based in Canton, Ohio. Previously, he served as chair for The Joint Commission Hospital Professional Technical Advisory Committee, and on the Board of Commissioners. He has a role as the vice president of the Emergency Department Benchmarking Alliance. In his 31 years of service in emergency medicine and emergency medical services, he has served in a medical director role in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Georgia, and Dayton, Ohio.


Lynn A. Miller
 Emergency Management Coordinator, City of Winchester, Virginia

Lynn A. Miller is the emergency management coordinator for the City of Winchester, Virginia, Department of Emergency Management, where he previously served as the program manager for the Quad State Emergency Preparedness Program. In addition to volunteering as a firefighter, his career with the City of Winchester, Virginia, Fire and Rescue Department included serving as a firefighter, captain in charge of operations and training, and chief. He previously served: on the board of directors representing Virginia Region 2 of the Virginia Emergency Management Association, as past president of the Virginia Fire Chief’s Association, and as past president of the Virginia Fire Prevention Association. He currently is a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators, National Fire Protection Association, and secretary of the Local Emergency Preparedness Committee.


Lawrence Schultz
 Fire Service Instructor, Traditions Training LLC

Lawrence Schultz, certified public manager, is a fire service instructor at Traditions Training LLC. For 26 of his 30 years in the fire service, he worked with the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services. He recently retired after four years as the assistant fire chief of operations and was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the 2,200-person department. He spent the prior four years as the deputy chief and battalion chief for the Department’s Homeland Security/Special Operations Division. He received an AA degree from Columbia Southern University, graduated from the George Washington University Center for Excellence in Municipal Management, attended the National War College to study consequence management for military support to civil authorities, and graduated from the Navel Post Graduate School’s Executive Leadership Program.


Craig Vanderwagen, M.D.
 Senior Partner, Martin, Blanck, and Associates

Craig Vanderwagen, M.D., is a senior partner with Martin, Blanck, and Associates (MBA). His most recent assignment before joining MBA was the assistant secretary for preparedness and response for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from 2006 to 2009. He has special interests and experience in biodefense, domestic disaster preparedness and response, international humanitarian and disaster response, federal health delivery systems, innovative organization development and evaluation, and cross-cultural healthcare.

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