The Nuclear Elephant in the Room

I am not a believer in Webinars. It’s hard to really engage in something far away, particularly when your email is sitting right in front of you, daring you to ignore it for even a second. But I’m going to make an exception for this one on Tuesday, March 15—a live briefing from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on reducing the impact of a nuclear detonation.

I commend FEMA for going directly to the people (or at least to a web cam) about a real threat that no one wants to talk about—but is actually far more survivable and containable than the nuclear threat we faced during the Cold War (when we did, ironically, want to talk about it—all the time.)

This Citizen Corps Notificaton is provided by FEMA’s Individual & Community Preparedness Division to highlight community preparedness and resilience resources and activities recently announced by federal agencies and Citizen Corps partners.

FEMA’s Individual & Community Preparedness Division is excited to announce the next webinar in the Community Preparedness Webinar Series: Reducing Consequences of Nuclear Detonation. The Community Preparedness Webinar Series provides up-to-date information on community preparedness topics and resources available to citizens, community organizations, and Citizen Corps Councils. This LIVE webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, March 15 at 2:00 EST and will feature information from the Lawrence Livermore National laboratory (LLNL).   

Webinar login will begin 15 minutes prior to the start of the webinar and registration is not required.  A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

Live Webinar:
Reducing Consequences of Nuclear Detonation
March 15 @ 2:00 EST

Recent research and federal planning guidance has assessed that 100,000s of lives can be saved through adequate planning and knowledge about appropriate actions that can be taken by the public, responders, and the medical community in the aftermath of a nuclear detonation.  What would you do if an improvised nuclear device detonated in your community?  Brooke Buddemeier from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will present on research-based protective actions that individuals can take to lessen the personal impact of nuclear detonations.

The Community Preparedness Webinar Series features new community preparedness topics several times each month and is free to the public. Each webinar will accommodate the first 500 visitors that enter the website at the time of the webinar. In addition to airing live, the webinar will be recorded and viewable at your convenience on the Citizen Corps website ( usually within 24 hours after the live webcast.  To join the webinar live simply go to the landing page at 15 minutes prior to the webinar, click on the link for the webinar and sign in as a guest.

If you need special accommodations or require additional assistance to view or listen to this webinar, please email us at no later than 5pm EST on Monday, March 14th and we will provide you with additional resources so you may participate.

More details on this webinar and upcoming webinars in the Community Preparedness Webinar Series are available at
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ResilienceAmanda Ripley