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Panel Discusses Lessons Learned from 2001 Terrorist Attacks



The panelists from left to right: Terri Sudden, Leonard Levy, Capt. Robin Larson, Scott Poland, Capt. Richard Walterman, and Steven Baig. Moderator Cecilia F. Rokusek (far right)



Nova Southeastern University (NSU) hosted a panel discussion on Thursday, Sept. 8 with homeland security, law enforcement, public health, and weather officials to discuss the 10th anniversary of Sept.11 and the lessons the country has learned. NSU’s Institute for Disaster and Emergency Preparedness (IDEP) hosted the panel of experts, who reflected on 9/11 and discussed ways to help South Florida prepare for acts of terrorism; natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, and fires; and other disasters such as virus outbreaks or school shootings.

The discussion was held to promote the FEMA-led National Preparedness Month in September. It’s an annual campaign to encourage Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, schools, organizations, businesses, and communities.

The panel of experts included:

Capt. Richard Walterman: Head of the Miami Police Department’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. In this assignment, Walterman prepares the department for the potential of terrorist activity.

Terri Sudden: Broward County Health Department’s Coordinator of the Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) program.  The CRI program is designed to respond to a large-scale bioterrorist event or other event requiring emergency distribution of medical supplies and countermeasures to the population of Broward County (1.8 million) within 48 hours.

Capt. Robin Larson: Interim Executive Director of the Broward Sheriff’s Office’s Department of Professional Standards.

Steven Baig: Former leader of the U.S. National Hurricane Center’s Storm Surge Team.

Leonard Levy, D.P.M., M.P.H., Director of NSU’s Institute for Disaster and Emergency Preparedness.

Scott Poland, Ed.D., associate professor at NSU’s Center for Psychological Studies and co-director of NSU’s Suicide and Violence Prevention Office.

Deborah Mulligan, M.D., Director of NSU’s Institute for Child Health Policy.

The panel discussion was be moderated by Cecilia F. Rokusek, Ed.D., R.D. She is the project manager for NSU’s Institute for Disaster and Emergency Preparedness. She is also the executive director of education, planning, and research at NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, which oversees IDEP.