Seattle, WA: Catastrophic Incident Recovery: Long-Term Recovery from an Anthrax Event Symposium

Event Description: 

The Interagency Biological Restoration Demonstration (IBRD) Catastrophic Incident Recovery Symposium on Long-Term Recovery from an Anthrax Event was held on March 19, 2008 in Seattle, WA.


This workshop aimed to provide a forum for discussion about recovery from an anthrax incident.


  • Generate a dialogue about restoration and recovery from an anthrax incident through discussion of the associated challenges that impact entire communities, infrastructure, and critical systems.


Approximately 100 people, including county emergency management directors, elected officials, public health professionals from county, state, and federal levels, military emergency and public health managers, private sector representatives from leading Pacific Northwest companies, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Defense (DOD) officials, and NORTHCOM attended the symposium. Three nationally recognized experts discussed the properties of anthrax as an agent, the medical oversight of the 2001 anthrax event, and the socio-psychological residue of an anthrax event. Three afternoon panels focused on the long-term impacts to sectors and communities, including the potential economic implications, the possible impacts on public health and medical services, and the decision-making framework that would prioritize recovery efforts.

Wed, 03/19/2008
Sheraton Hotel
Event Coordinator: 
Ann Lesperance, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
Presenters or VIPs: 
Ms. Ann Lesperance, MSPH, PNNL
Dr. John D Malone, PNNL
Dr. Gregory Martin, US Navy Medical Corps
Dr. Carol North, University of Texas Southwest Medical Center
Mr. Ron Sims, County Executive of King County
Mr. Lance Brooks, DHS
Mr. Mike Midgley, Cubic
Ms. Anne Newcombe, Harborview Hospital
Mr. Michael Loehr, Seattle King County Public Health
Dr. Chris Littell, Fort Lewis
Mr. John Erickson, Washington State Department of Health
Mr. Richard Marks, KPS Health Plans
Ms. Barb Graff, Emergency Management, City of Seattle
Mr. Gil Kerlikowske, Seattle Police Department
Mr. Steve Bailey, Pierce County Emergency Management
Mr. James Whitfield, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Region 10
Mr. John Pennington, Snohomish County Emergency Management
Mr. James Kane, Fort Lewis