SummitET Welcomes New Vice President of Programs and Quality Assurance, Sean Crawford

SummitET Welcomes New Vice President of Programs and Quality Assurance, Sean Crawford

Summit Exercises and Training® (SummitET®), a Preparedness Solutions Company®, is excited to announce the addition of Sean Crawford as the company’s new Vice President of Programs and Quality Assurance (QA). In addition to QA, Sean’s focus will be overseeing SummitET’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and emergency management-related programs.

Sean brings twenty-five years of experience in emergency management, a CBRNE expert, and a reputation within the interagency for developing innovative, agile approaches for addressing both new and institutional challenges. Prior to joining SummitET, he oversaw FEMA’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) Office, where he established CBRNResponder, the first nationwide CBRN Response platform for first responders, led complex, national- and international-level response activities across a myriad of government agencies.

Sean Crawford, SummitET Vice President of Programs and Quality Assurance

In 2020, Sean was recruited by the White House COVID-19 Testing Task Force, where he introduced the concept of drive-thru testing for community-based testing sites, designed and developed logistical requirements for patient testing, and established public-private sector partnerships to bring COVID testing to retail pharmacies.  Recently, he was chosen by the State Department to develop a CBRN recovery planning methodology for a post conflict Ukraine.

Over the course of his two-and-half decades providing operational and policy support to the U.S. government, Sean worked for the Department of State, FEMA, and the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), and he coordinated with numerous others across the interagency.

SummitET Chief Programs Officer, Todd Cannan: “We are really fortunate to have Sean as part of our team. His stellar reputation within the CBRN response community speaks for itself, and our clients and associates are going to benefit greatly from his experience, expertise, and leadership. I truly believe Sean will be pivotal in getting SummitET to the next level.”  

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SummitET National Policy and Planning Expert Scott J. Glick to Present at National Homeland Security Conference

SummitET National Policy and Planning Expert Scott J. Glick to Present at National Homeland Security Conference

Scott J. Glick, SummitET Vice President and General Counsel, will be presenting at the National Homeland Security Conference (NHSC) in Cleveland, Ohio, that will take place July 11-14, 2022.  Glick, who previously was an international terrorism prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice and served as its Director of Preparedness and Response in the National Security Division, will be discussing how law enforcement and consequence management officials can integrate their operations during “left of boom” terrorist threats.

About National Homeland Security Conference

Scott Glick VP and General Counsel

The NHSC, which was originally conceived as an information sharing opportunity in support of the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), brings together professionals in homeland security, law enforcement, and fire and emergency management. The HNSC provides an opportunity for officials from federal, state, and local agencies, as well as representatives from nonprofit agencies, businesses, and universities to discuss emerging trends in homeland security and to see leading-edge equipment and technology available to support their missions.

Expert Session

Glick’s presentation will build on the article he wrote in 2020, Preparatory Consequence Management & Weapons of Mass Destruction, and his panel will also include Kasey Salway, the FBI’s WMD Directorate’s Unit Chief for the Strategic Partnership Unit, and Steve Chase, a Program Scientist in FEMA’s Response Directorate in its CBRN Office. The panel will be open for discussion and will also have an opportunity to be ranked “Best in Show” by attendees using the NHSC app.

In support of the UASI’s emergency management needs, SummitET leverages global experience and public, private, and military subject-matter expertise to provide counterterrorism, weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) exercise and training support. SummitET’s trainers and program management professionals offer knowledge and know-how with real world events and response experience.

Join Glick’s session during the 2022 NHSC Conference on Tuesday, July 12 at 11am for the following:

Integrating Preparatory Consequence Management and Law Enforcement Operations During “Left of Boom” Terrorist Threats Excerpt

“Mother Nature” does not care if the nation is prepared for a hurricane. However, if the government is aware of a terrorist threat, but the public is not aware, and the government conducts highly visible preparatory consequence management operations, an alerted terrorist could change tactics or attack a different target. To avoid this potential “no-win” scenario, Response and Prevention Mission planners must consider the unique and complicating factors that can adversely affect their respective mission’s success during credible terrorist threats, particularly those involving a weapon of mass destruction. To bridge a gap in national policy and planning guidance, this presentation will propose a new way that officials across all levels of government can cohesively integrate preparatory consequence management operations and law enforcement operations during “left of boom” terrorist threats to maximize the ability to stop the terrorist and minimize the potential consequences of the terrorist’s actions.

Learn more about Scott Glick here.

Visit Our Booth To Win

You can also find SummitET experts at the NHSC Conference trade show booth #213. Take a quick survey at our booth to win preparedness giveaways including t-shirts and Yeti® cups marked with the SummitET tagline “Preparedness is not an accident®”. Or schedule a sit down with our experts to see how we can help you reach your preparedness goals.

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SummitET Experts to Present at National Radiological Emergency Preparedness Conference (NREP)  

SummitET Experts to Present at National Radiological Emergency Preparedness Conference (NREP)  

National radiological emergency preparedness conference 2022

Summit Exercises and Training LLC (SummitET®) experts will be presenting at the National Radiological Emergency Preparedness (NREP) Conference in Nashville, Tennessee from April 11 to 14, 2022.  

SummitET offers multi-agency radiological exercises and radiological training for Emergency Planners and field personnel by expert communicators, Health Physicist, and Radiation Safety Experts. Our exercise and training development extends to Communications Experts and the Strategic Communications Institute for PreparednessTM.  

Join one of our expert sessions during the 2022 NREP Conference; 


Planning for a Virtual Joint Information System and Joint Information Center 

During a crisis or emergency, assembling communications staff at a physical JIC may be impractical or unsafe. A virtual JIS/JIC serves the need for timely information gathering and message dissemination in a response by collecting information from responders and communications staff across a wide area to develop essential tools in a virtual setting. Discuss the benefits of pivoting to a virtual JIS/JIC with Holly Hardin and Mark Basnight.  

 

Addressing Misinformation and Combating Disinformation and Malinformation on Social Media 

Misinformation is false, but not created or shared with the intention of causing harm, while disinformation is intentionally created to mislead, harm or manipulate a person, social group, organization, or country, and malinformation is based on fact, but used out of context to mislead, harm or manipulate. Distinguishing misinformation, disinformation, malinformation and credible information is critical to stakeholder understanding regarding the impact of the crises and emergencies. Attendees will learn to equip themselves with effective tools, knowledge, and resources that do not impede the free flow of reliable information. 

 

Communications in a Radiation Emergency – Things to Consider as a Radiation Professional 

Words have meaning, and subtle shifts in the language we use can have a large impact on the message that’s being delivered and the perceptions of the receiving audience. This is especially important when speaking about topics that may cause anxiety in people…such as radiation. Practice tips from Certified Health Physicist, Steve Sugarman, to effectively communicate the differences between such things as exposure and contamination. While the differences in various concepts may seem simple to a health physicist, they can also be a primary driver in emergency response. 

 

Visit Our Booth To Win

You can also find SummitET experts at the NREP Conference trade show booth #13. Take a quick survey at our booth to win preparedness giveaways including t-shirts and Yeti® cups marked with the SummitET tagline “Preparedness is not an accident®”. Or schedule a sit down with our experts to see how we can help you reach your preparedness goals.   

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WHITE PAPER: Meeting Strategic Communications Virtual Solutions Requirements during COVID-19 Response For Nuclear Power Plants and Offsite Response Organizations

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Nuclear Power Plants are going Virtual for Communications Trainings and Exercises

Nuclear Power Plants are going Virtual for Communications Trainings and Exercises

It is important for nuclear power plants and Offsite Response Organizations (OROs) to develop and practice effective strategic communication to meet training and exercise requirements such as: 

  • NUREG-0654 FEMA-REP-1, Criteria for Preparation and Evaluation of Radiological Emergency Response Plans and Preparedness in Support of Nuclear Power Plants;
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Radiological Emergency Preparedness Exercise Criteria identified in the Federal Registry Radiological Emergency Preparedness: Exercise Evaluation Methodology (66 FR 47526-47546); and
  • State, local, and tribal requirements.

  

Why Virtual Training Solutions? 

Response to COVID-19 has presented challenges in meeting training and exercise requirements since many in-person activities are not an option, however, a successful pivot from in-person to virtual engagements will allow nuclear power plants and ORO’s to continue to meet customer’s mission requirements. 

To meet regulatory requirements as outlined in 10 CFR 50.47(b)(7); 44 CFR 350.5(a)(7), emergency preparedness and response training and exercise activities are conducted to ensure public education and information meet planning standards and evaluation criteria. Due to the inability of many nuclear power plants and OROs to hold in-person training and exercises, this requirement calls for an alternative approach. According to NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, Rev. 2, “Alternative approaches provide an opportunity for state, local, and tribal governments, applicants, and licensees to meet the planning standards in a manner that is different from what the evaluation criteria recommend…” 

These training and exercise solutions enhance strategic communication and address CERC principles such as effectiveness, consistency, and proficiency for a FEMA-evaluated exercise and when communicating technical information to non-technical audiences. 

 

Where to Start? 

SummitET’s Strategic Communications Program offers exercise solutions and training presented through its Strategic Communications Institute for Preparedness (SCIP), delivered by experts, including a Certified Health Physicist, with extensive knowledge of the unique challenges presented by a radiation emergency. 

  

SCIP Radiation Safety Communication Workshops

See our full catalog of Radiation Safety Communication workshops from the Strategic Communications Institute for Preparedness.
WHITE PAPER: Meeting Strategic Communications Virtual Solutions Requirements during COVID-19 Response For Nuclear Power Plants and Offsite Response Organizations

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Quick Thoughts on Messaging and Communicating for Health Physicists

Original Post HPS News Steve Sugarman*, MS, CHP, SummitET® Vice President and Corporate Health Physicist, SummitET.com Acknowledgements: Mark Basnight, SummitET® Vice President of Communications and Marketing; Holly Hardin, SummitET® Strategic Communications Program...

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SummitET® Develops Virtual Communications Training Solutions for Power Plants 

SummitET® Develops Virtual Communications Training Solutions for Power Plants 

Summit Exercises and Training LLC (SummitET) has developed a virtual communications training solution specifically for Nuclear Power Plants and offsite response organizations. Training and exercise requirements have become a challenge since the response to COVID has many people working remotely or unable to train in-person. 

To meet regulatory requirements as outlined in 10 CFR 50.47(b)(7); 44 CFR 350.5(a)(7), emergency preparedness and response training and exercise activities are conducted to ensure public education and information meet planning standards and evaluation criteria. Due to the inability of many nuclear power plants and offsite response organizations to hold in-person training and exercises, this requirement calls for an alternative approach. According to NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, Rev. 2, “Alternative approaches provide an opportunity for state, local, and tribal governments, applicants, and licensees to meet the planning standards in a manner that is different from what the evaluation criteria recommend…”  

COVID-19 has presented challenges in meeting training and exercise requirements since many in-person activities are not an option, however, a successful pivot from in-person to virtual engagements will allow nuclear power plants and offsite response organizations to continue to meet customer’s mission requirements. 

SCIP Radiation Safety Communication Workshops

See our full catalog of Radiation Safety Communication workshops from the Strategic Communications Institute for Preparedness.
WHITE PAPER: Meeting Strategic Communications Virtual Solutions Requirements during COVID-19 Response For Nuclear Power Plants and Offsite Response Organizations

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