Alexandria, VA: International Recovery Assistance Workshop
The Transatlantic Collaborative Biological Resiliency Demonstration (TaCBRD) International Recovery Assistance Workshop was held on October 17, 2012 in Kingstowne, VA.
The workshop aimed to provide a forum to examine roles and participation of U.S. agencies in a large-scale biological incident in Poland, and understand the existing framework for outside the continental U.S. (OCONUS) biological incident assistance.
- Discuss which mechanisms exist for countries to request and U.S. agencies to provide assistance in response to a biological incident.
- Discuss what plans or agreements are in place that govern provision of assistance by U.S. agencies.
- Determine what activities are currently taking place with other countries for preparedness against biological incidents.
- Discuss the transition from response to recovery and handoff/continued coordination between the Department of State (DOS) and other federal agencies.
- Discuss agency concerns with respect to providing international assistance and provide opportunity to share lessons learned.
- Discuss pre‐formal request activities (i.e., Can/do agencies lean forward? And under what authority?). Discuss immediate response procedures, especially for Department of Defense (DOD).
- Discuss reimbursement issues, if any. Discuss which situational awareness tools, if any, are in place to share information between countries during incidents.
The workshop was a one day event that included presentation of case studies and open discussion. DOS and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provided lessons learned and case study analysis of their participation in the response to the Fukushima nuclear incident following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011; discussion sessions centered on self-deployment, force protection, and host-nation requests for assistance following a catastrophic event. Participants included representatives from the DOS, DOD (European Command, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the EPA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Illinois National Guard (ILNG).