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Concurrent Session 2

Emergency Response​​ & Preparedness

Emergency Response & Preparedness Track

Monday, October 30

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Moderator: Michael Rosenow, MPH, CIH, CSP, OSH-ISH – Programs Team Leader, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM.

1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. 

Full Scale, Multi-Jurisdictional Exercise Planning

Presenters: Brooke Martin, MPH, CIH, Manager Hazardous Materials, CSX Transportation, Jacksonville, FL; Eric Anderson, AICP, Senior Reginal Planner, NE Florida LEPC Coordinator, Northeast Florida Regional Council​, Jacksonville, FL. 

This presentation will describe the collaboration between public and private organizations in completing the 2017 Exercise of the Northeast Florida LEPC Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan for Hazardous Materials. The exercise scenario involved use of the safety train to simulate releases of hazardous materials and actions taken from local hazardous materials response teams. We will review the project from its first meeting to the final outcome of the exercise. 

2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Health and Safety Considerations and Challenges for Protecting Citizen Responders during Emergency Response

Presenter: Andrew McManus, PG, RPG, Principal Geologist/Incident Response and Recovery Manager, Arcadis U.S., Inc., Tampa, FL. 

In recent years, there has been a strong presence of public volunteers who want to help support incident response. Due in part to the 24-hour news cycle and the rapid communication afforded by social media, the presence of citizen responders from non-government organizations and local community groups is becoming embraced by public agencies and becoming commonplace at incidents both large and small. For industrial hygienists and health and safety professionals, the presence of citizen responders presents unique and expanded challenges. How can the safety of these citizen responders be assessed, measured, and controlled? What tools can be used to reach and support this diverse, and often unorganized, audience?

Two scenarios involving citizen responders to environmental incidents are evaluated: the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the CSX crude oil train derailment in Lynchburg, Virginia. A comparison of the two incidents and how citizen responders were utilized, engaged, and informed will be presented to address the safety considerations and challenges associated with this emerging phenomenon.​​​​​​​​​​​​​



Name and Bio

Andrew McManus, PG, RPG, Principal Geologist/Incident Response and Recovery Manager, Arcadis U.S., Inc., Tampa, FL.

Mr. McManus is a professional geologist with Arcadis and has over 12 years of experience. He is currently the Southeast Regional Manager for Incident Response and Recovery (IRR) services as well as the Program Manager for freight-rail IRR services in North America. Over the last decade, Mr. McManus has been responsible for Arcadis’ response actions at hundreds of environmental incidents including train derailment, pipeline releases, chemical facility releases, and petroleum storage system explosions. These services include environmental and ecological assessment, remediation, survey, civil and environmental engineering, regulatory management, waste disposal, environmental forensics, and public outreach.​

Brooke Martin, MPH, CIH, Manager Hazardous Materials, CSX Transportation, Jacksonville, FL.

Brooke is a certified industrial hygienist with 12-years of experience and is currently Manager Hazardous Materials at CSX Transportation. She earned an MS in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Auburn University. She previously served as the director of communications for the Florida Local Section of the AIHA and is active in the areas of emergency response, training, air monitoring, and respiratory protection. She is co-author of Emergency Responder Training Manual for the Hazardous Materials Technician, 2nd edition.​

Eric B. Anderson, AICP
Senior Planner

Mr. Eric Anderson is a Senior Planner at the Northeast Florida Regional Council and a certified planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners. Mr. Anderson received is education at the University of Kansas where he earned a BS in Environmental Studies and a Masters in Urban Planning. Mr. Anderson currently serves as the Coordinator for the Northeast Florida Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) for Hazardous Materials. The LEPC is tasked with preparedness planning activities for a HazMat event. These activities include analysis of chemical inventories located in the district, development and implementation of a 3-year HazMat training and exercise plan,  and a significant amount of public outreach and technical assistance.  In addition to LEPC duties, Mr. Anderson has designed and conducted over 50 exercises that are compliant with Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) standards.