Seattle, WA: Addressing the Federal-State-Local Interface Issues Workshop
The Interagency Biological Restoration Demonstration (IBRD) Addressing the Federal-State-Local Interface Issues (During a Catastrophic Event such as Anthrax) Workshop was held on October 9, 2008 in Seattle, WA.
This workshop aimed to generate a dialogue about recovery and restoration through a discussion of the associated challenges that impact entire communities, including people, infrastructure, and critical systems.
- Clarify and share information about the federal government's role during a catastrophic event, such as a large-scale anthrax attack.
- Define and understand the command and control relationships among federal, state, and local organizations.
- Begin to develop a conduct of operations that illustrates the relationships, decision framework, and resources of the local, state, and federal agencies.
The day-long symposium was sponsored by IBRD, a collaborative regional program jointly funded by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the US Department of Defense (DOD). The workshop included an overview of the role of the Principal Federal Official (PFO) in a catastrophic event, a high-level summary of an anthrax scenario, and interactive discussions among federal, state, and local emergency management experts. Approximately 90 people representing federal, state, and local policy makers, emergency managers, and medical and public health officials attended.