Specialist to speak on terrorism preparedness

RICHLAND — What should you do if a “dirty bomb” is detonated in your community? How would emergency responders and elected officials react?

Steven L. Stein will explain Washington state’s plan in his lecture “Radiation: Terrorism and Public Preparedness” at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in the East Auditorium at WSU Tri-Cities, 2710 University Drive, Richland. Admission is free and open to the public.

The hour-long Herbert M. Parker Foundation 2007 Spring Lecture will be followed by a brief reception.

Stein is Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s advisor on Northwest Homeland Security. He will talk about the Washington Statewide Homeland Security Strategic Plan, which describes how emergency responders and elected officials have reduced our vulnerability to a terrorist-instigated Radiological Dispersal Device (a.k.a. dirty bomb) and what citizens, industry, and government are doing to prepare for such an attack in Washington.

A related symposium for emergency responders is Friday, May 18, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Battelle Auditorium, off George Washington Way and Battelle Boulevard in north Richland.

The free session, “Radiation: Terrorism and Emergency Preparedness,” features Pacific Northwest National Laboratory staff members Eva Hickey, James Ely, Rob Sitsler, Tatiana Levitskaia and Gene Carbaugh. The symposium is sponsored by the Homeland Security Committee of the Columbia Chapter of the Health Physics Society.

Since 1986, the Herbert M. Parker Foundation has sponsored a public lecture series in the Tri-Cities to enhance public understanding of scientific and technological issues and their impacts on society. The goals of this continuing series include humanizing science and advancing public understanding of the benefits of “good science.”

The Parker Foundation sponsors the series to honor Mr. Parker’s legacy of ethical and scientific standards and his concern for the protection of people and the environment.