Crisis Response Workshop Examines Agency Protocols03 April 2013
US – A cross sector workshop held in Washington D.C. last week used a fictional scenario to examine crisis communication protocols.
Over 70 representatives from federal agencies and government authorities reviewed information sharing protocols in response to radiological contaminations.
The workshop was developed by the Department for Homeland Security following pleas from the Nuclear Reactors, Materials and Waste and Food and Agriculture Sectors.
International Dairy Foods Association Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Clay Detlesen said: “ The sector coordinating councils have been absolutely invaluable during the last decade, and the public-private relationships and information sharing are critical to improving our nation's resilience."
"I came away from this workshop completely reinvigorated and extremely impressed with the collective knowledge in the room. The bottom line is that we will be able to act much more quickly and efficiently should something happen."
Further progress is anticipated by representatives present at the meeting regarding a tabletop exercise where procedures will be refined later this year.
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