Sheltering after a nuclear explosion

Lawrence M. Wein, Stanford, completed a study of the impact of sheltering after a nuclear explosion and wrote an opinion piece based on his results in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, April 28, 2010. The study considered the deaths resulting from an explosion at ground level in the middle of Washington, D.C.

His conclusion:

The only robust strategy is to advise everyone to shelter. To start implementing such a planned response, the government must first relinquish control of consequence management to our citizenry and then initiate an aggressive public-education campaign.

Pandemic response planning software

Professor Sunderesh Heragu will lead an effort at the University of Louisville to develop computer software that will help emergency preparedness professionals allocate staff and equipment and manage logistics as conditions change during a public health emergency. The effort is funded by the Department of Homeland Security. The research team includes faculty from the school of engineering and the school of public health and information sciences. For more details, see the university’s news release.