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Workshop on Responding to Security Incidents Involving Radioactive Sources

16-Apr-2018 - 16-Apr-2018 Baltimore, United States
Workshop on autonomous and remotely operated systems: Benefits and challenges to nuclear security


In collaboration with the US DOE Office of Radiological Security, WINS held a follow-up workshop to a Silent Thunder table-top exercise (TTX) that was held in Baltimore, Maryland, in January 2018. WINS' workshop, titled "Responding to Security Incidents Involving Radioactive Sources," was held at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards, Baltimore, on 16 April 2018.  The workshop encouraged participants to continue building relationships, enhance current interoperability between various organisations, and further identify and discuss best practices that enhance the resilience of radiological security arrangements against evolving threats.


Planning for and managing the response to a radiological security incident at a facility can be extremely challenging. Questions addressed during the workshop included:
  • How are command, control and communication among different departments and organisations best designed and implemented?
  • Why is interoperability important? What happens if it fails?
  • Who has the controlling mind for radiological safety and security?
  • What are some common challenges in managing this critical interface?
  • What specialised safety training do armed response forces need to receive so they are able to discharge their responsibilities without compromising radiological safety?


This interactive, professionally moderated event gave participants the opportunity to identify and address the potentially complex issues (including command, control and communications) that can arise when responding to a radiological security incident. The workshop helped participants:

  • Reflect on the findings of the Silent Thunder TTX (Baltimore) and continue the discussions on selected topics of interest.
  • Identify best practices to enhance the resilience of radiological security arrangements against evolving threats.
  • Explore options to involve all stakeholders and to establish an effective and sustainable security framework.


The event was limited to 45 participants representing managers and specialists from the emergency response communities, as well as regulators, government departments and others who wanted to gain a specialised understanding of the issues and best practices. It was of major assistance to organisations that are planning to enhance their emergency management systems.


Contact Information

Jadallah Hammal   Jadallah Hammal

Anida Čeliković   Anida Čeliković
Membership Manager and Project Support
+43 1 710 6519 10

Key Information

•   Event Report


•   Event Agenda



•   Introduction Session: Introduction to Workshop - Jadallah Hammal (WINS, Austria)


•   Introduction Session: Baltimore Silent Thunder TTX & Lessons Learnt from other TTX - Dale Whitehead (Office of Nuclear Incident Policy and Cooperation, NNSA, US DOE)


•   Session 1: Baltimore's Emergency Management Regime - Brian Bauer (Maryland Emergency Management Agency) & Anthony Smith (Baltimore City Mayor's Office of Emergency Management, USA)


•   Session 2: University of Maryland, Baltimore's (UMB) Security Preparedness / Response - Steven Deck & Kenneth Brenneman (University of Maryland, USA)


•   Session 2: Rutgers University's Security Preparedness / Response - Patrick J. McDermott (Rutgers University, USA)


•   Session 3: Coordinating Response - Brian Welsh (Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles, UK)




Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel
110 S Eutaw St
21201 Baltimore
United States

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