Last week two different events reviewed various aspects of the terrorist attack in Boston.
Harvard’s School of Public Health held a panel, “The Boston Marathon Bombings: Lessons Learned for Saving Lives:”
Following the twin bombings at the Boston Marathon and a dramatic search for the suspects, the city’s emergency preparedness and response systems have been credited with saving lives. This Forum event, focused primarily on the immediate aftermath of the bombings, revealed the sometimes surprising underpinnings of a successful emergency preparedness system and shared hard-won lessons applied and learned. Presented in collaboration with WBUR.
- James Hooley – Chief, Boston EMS
- Judy Ann Bigby – Former Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services
- Paul Biddinger – Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response Exercise Program, Harvard School of Public Health, and Chief, Division of Emergency Preparedness, Massachusetts General Hospital
- Leonard Marcus – Co-Director, National Preparedness Leadership Initiative
- Don Boyce – Director of the Office of Emergency Management, Department of Health and Human Services
An event at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government looked at a wider range of issues related to the bombing:
“Boston Marathon Tragedy & Aftermath” featured Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, former Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs Department of Homeland Security Juliette Kayyem, Harvard Divinity School Dean David Hempton, Director of MEMA Kurt Schwartz, WBZ Anchor David Wade and Harvard Kennedy School Dean David Ellwood. The extensive conversation touched on terrorism, coordinated city, state and federal responses, impact of the media, and the resilience of Boston.