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The Public as an Asset, Not a Problem: A summit
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Exercise developed and produced by:

Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Studies

National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism

Office of Justice Programs, National Institutes of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

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Overview

On February 3-4, 2003, the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies [now the Center for Biosecurity ] convened a summit on engaging "the public" in bioterrorism planning and response. The purpose of this event was to synthesize for government and public health authorities the essential principles of leadership, based on frontline experiences with recent terrorism events and other relevant crises, that encourage the public's constructive collaboration in confronting a bioterrorist attack.

More than 160 people attended representing senior operational decision-makers in public health and safety—including the bioterrorism coordinators from 35 state and local health agencies—as well as thought leaders and policy makers in medicine, public health, nursing, hospital administration, disaster relief, and national security.

Key issues included the following:

  • Moving beyond the prevailing image of a panic-prone public
  • Mobilizing a coordinated, collective response among diverse publics
  • Capitalizing on everyday institutions (e.g., schools, workplaces) to help people cope
  • Learning from leadership challenges during recent terrorizing events

Conference Sponsors

Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism
Established in 1999 as a non-profit corporation in Oklahoma, MIPT grew out of the desire of the survivors and families of the Murrah Federal Building bombing of April 19, 1995 to have a living memorial. MIPT conducts research into the social and political causes and effects of terrorism and the development of technologies to counter biological, nuclear and chemical weapons of mass destruction as well as cyberterrorism.

Office of Justice Programs, National Institutes of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice
Since 1984 the Office of Justice Programs has provided federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, improve the criminal and juvenile justice systems, increase knowledge about crime and related issues, and assist crime victims.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
A philanthropic non-profit institution established in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan, Jr., then President and Chief Executive Officer of the General Motors Corporation, the Foundation's programs and interests focus on science and technology, standard of living and economic performance, education and careers in science and technology, selected national issues and civic program.

Disclaimer

This conference was supported under award #2000-DT-CX-K002 from the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT) and the Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, and award number 2000-10-7 from The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Points of view expressed during the course of this meeting are those of the individual speakers and do not necessarily represent the official position of MIPT, the US Department of Justice, or The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.