[ RadSafe ] National Coalition Launches to Educate and Prepare Against Possible ‘Dirty Bomb’ Attacks

Clayton J Bradt cjb01 at health.state.ny.us
Wed Sep 3 08:31:16 CDT 2008

National Coalition Launches to Educate and Prepare Against Possible ‘Dirty
Bomb’ Attacks
Mon Aug 25, 11:50 AM ET

Contact: Tarah Donoghue, +1-202-879-5817, media at r-tac.org, for Radiological
Threat Awareness Coalition (R-TAC)
WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In an effort to raise public
awareness to the impact of possible radiological attacks against our
nation, a new national, not-for-profit and nonpartisan coalition was
launched today by a broad group of first-responders, business groups,
health advocates and homeland security experts.
The Radiological Threat Awareness Coalition (R-TAC) seeks to prepare,
protect, and prevent a radiological disaster in our country by providing
information and resources on the risk of a radiological catastrophe such as
a series of "dirty bomb" attacks.
Specifically, R-TAC will:
-- Educate the public about radiological threats and ways to protect
against a possible attack.
-- Support federal and state level efforts to better prepare our nation
against radiological threats.
-- Call for adequate funding of our nation's first responders to defend
against radiological attacks.
The coalition also announced today that James P. Pinkerton will serve as
the organizations first chairman. Pinkerton is a former White House adviser
and long-time national media personality.
"Since 9-11, Americans have known terrorism knows no borders nor
boundaries. Yet we must come to grips with the reality that perhaps the
greatest danger we face is inside our own bordershere in the U.S. So we
urgently need to do more to protect and prepare our country against this
hideous threat," Pinkerton said.
The R-TAC mission will be reinforced and guided by a prominent Advisory
Board consisting of the nations foremost radiological and preparedness
experts, including:
-- Dr. Albert L. Wiley, Jr. - Director of Radiation Emergency Assistance
Center/Training Site (REAC/TS) at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and
-- Dr. Carol Marcus - Former Professor of Radiation Oncology and
Radiological Sciences at UCLAs David Geffen School of Medicine; Expert on
Nuclear Medicine and the Biological Effects of Radiation; Member of the
FEMA Disaster Medical Assistance Team for Los Angeles and the FEMA National
Medical Response Team
-- Dr. Tareg A. Bey - Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director
of International Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine,
University of California at Irvine (UCI)
-- Professor Bill Daddio - Professor of Sociology of Terrorism, Georgetown
University; Former Chief of Police for the U.S. Mint; Former Deputy U.S.
Marshal at the Department of Justice
For more information about the coalition, please visit www.r-tac.org. To
set up a media interview with Chairman Pinkerton or any of the Advisory
Board members, please contact Tarah Donoghue at 202-879-5817.
SOURCE Radiological Threat Awareness Coalition (R-TAC)

Finally, someone is taking the threat seriously!

Clayton J. Bradt
dutchbradt at hughes.net
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