2009 Radiological Threat Summit Being Held in Washington D.C. on February 25

R-TAC Summit to Raise Awareness of Potential Threats

WASHINGTON , Feb. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Less than one-third of Americans feel they are prepared for a terrorist attack like a 'dirty bomb.' The Radiological Threat Awareness Coalition (R-TAC) has worked to remedy this preparedness gap through education and awareness campaigns. On February 25, 2009 , R-TAC (www.r-tac.org) will be hosting the 2009 Radiological Threat Summit in Washington, D.C. The event will bring together leaders in homeland security, policymakers, regulators, first responders and other stakeholders to engage in a robust dialogue on how to prevent, prepare for and respond to radiological threats facing our nation. This year's summit will feature a panel discussion with top policy and homeland security experts on how to best support federal and state level efforts to better prepare our nation.

The Radiological Threat Awareness Coalition hosts:

The 2009 Radiological Threat Summit

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

National Press Club, Holeman Lounge

529 14th Street NW

Washington, D.C. 20045

Confirmed participants include:

Dr. Jeffrey Runge , Former Assistant Secretary of Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, Department of Homeland Security

Dr. Gerald Kovacs , Director, Division of CBRN Countermeasures, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

Dr. James Carafano , The Heritage Foundation

Dr. Carol Marcus , Professor Emeritus, UCLA

Lawrence Korb, Center for American Progress

Dr. Ronald DeMeo , Radiation Shield Technologies

Alexander Heyl , Heyltex Corporation

Event Overview: Dr. Jeffery Runge's keynote remarks will present a new comprehensive primer on how to manage threats posed by radiological dispersion devices, otherwise known as "dirty bombs." A panel discussion, co-moderated by R-TAC Chairman James Pinkerton and Dr. Jeffery Runge on the federal and local resources needed to meet the challenges posed by radiological threats will follow remarks.

To RSVP or for additional information, please e-mail Summit@r-tac.org or call 202-879-5823.

About R-TAC

The Radiological Threat Awareness Coalition (R-TAC) was established to increase awareness and preparedness in this country against a possible radiological attack such as a "dirty bomb." Since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on our country, Americans have been keenly aware of the dangers of weapons of mass destruction falling in the wrong hands. Major initiatives have been implemented to prevent chemical, biological and nuclear attacks. But despite this trend, there has not been enough of a concerted effort focused on the threat of a radiological attack such as a "dirty bomb."

For additional information, please visit us online at: http://www.r-tac.org/

SOURCE Radiological Threat Awareness Coalition (R-TAC)