Path Forward IBRD to I-CBR-RD


Recovery/Resilience Program:

Path Forward


Presented By:

Steven Merritt

On-Scene Coordinator

U.S. EPA Region 8

Emergency Response Unit


On Behalf Of:

Chris Russell

Program Manager

R&D Branch

Chemical and Biological Division


Interagency Biological Restoration

Demonstration (IBRD)

(Wide Area Restoration)

Goal : Working with interagency including state & local, reduce time and resources required to recover and restore wide urban areas, military installations, and other critical infrastructures following a biological incident

DOD (DTRA) & DHS (S&T) cosponsored program


• Study social, economic & operational interdependencies

• Establish civilian and military coordination

• Develop guidance and decision frameworks

• Identify & demonstrate technologies that support remediation operations

• Exercise activities & available technology solutions

Coordination & partnership with the Seattle, WA region

Response and Recovery

Actions (specific to Biologicals)

As defined by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)



Receive information on biological


Identification of suspect release sites

First Response

Initial threat assessment

HAZMAT and emergency actions

Forensic investigation

Public health actions

Screening sampling



Characterization characterization of biological agent



Decontamination strategy

Characterization of affected site

Remediation Action Plan


Clearance environmental sampling and analysis

Site containment

Worker health and safety Clearance decision

Site preparation

Continue risk communication Source reduction Notification of appropriate agencies Waste disposal Determination of agent type, concentration, and viability

Characterization environmental sampling and analysis Decontamination of sites or items

Risk communication Initial risk assessment

Clearance goals

Decontamination verification




Reoccupation decision

Long-term environmental and public health monitoring

IBRD Scope


IBRD Executive Summary

The objective of the Interagency Biological Restoration Demonstration

(IBRD) Project is to provide guidance, procedures, and capabilities to restore large urban areas with co-located military facilities to operational status following the widespread release of a biological agent. The project consists of four separate efforts providing recovery and remediation methods and approaches from multiple levels.

 Task 1: Front-End Systems Engineering Study and Gap Analysis to establish a body of knowledge for national, state and local restoration capabilities

 Task 2: Wide-Area Restoration Framework Development of guidance to address civilian & military needs and capabilities for recovery and restoration actions

 Task 3: Recovery & Restoration Process methods, procedures, and technology development

 Task 4: Workshops, Exercises, and Demonstrations - Plan and conduct a series of workshops, exercises, and demonstrations coordinating military & civilian community interoperability and practical application of technology and concepts of operation

Program Coordination

• DHS & DOD equally Planning, funding & managing

• Many levels of government participating (including private sector):

– Federal: DHS, DOD, EPA, DHHS, FEMA, US Coast Guard (District 13)

– State of Washington: Military Department & Homeland Security, Public

Health, Emergency Management, State-wide regulatory agencies

– Regional: Seattle Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), Ports of Seattle &


– Local: Snohomish County, King County, and Pierce County; Seattle/King

County Public Health; Pierce County Public Health, Seattle Police and Fire

Department, Bellevue Fire & Rescue

– Urban: City of Seattle, City of Bellevue

– Military Installations: Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Madigan Army Medical


– Private sector: Pacific North West Economic Region (PNWER), Building

Owner and Managers Association (BOMA)

Snohomish County

Major Technical Accomplishments

• System Analysis

– Completed and report distributed

– Functional analysis conducted on identified gaps

– Results compared and aligned with other national efforts

• Consequence Management Guidance

– Prioritization strategy drafted

– Decision framework expanded to a tactical guide

– Biological Restoration Analysis Tool developed

• Science and Technology efforts

– Sampling efficiencies and throughput

– Decontamination technologies evaluation

– Agent Fate studies (Btk, Seattle and NCR)

• Workshops/Exercises

– Workshops/Symposiums (Anthrax, Media, Roles, & Community resiliency)

– Focus groups (Public Health, Information Officers, Fire/Police responders).

IBRD Program Path Forward

• IBRD becomes I-CBR-RD (DNDO will be integral to the R&D Team, we are already working on the C in R&D)

• Major Federal Players: DHS (FEMA, OHA, S&T, IP), DOE, HHS-CDC,

EPA and DoD

• State, Regional and Local Partners: TBD by Denver UASI

• Test and evaluate transportability of Consequence Management

Guidance, tools and solution sets

• Further explore the interdependencies between DoD, Public Health and the Socio-Economic areas

• Focus on Transition

I-CBR-RD Draft Objectives

Goal: Working with interagency partners; including state, regional & local, to reduce time and resources required to recover and restore wide urban areas, military installations, and other critical infrastructures following a CBR incident


• Enhance civilian, military and private industry coordination

• Develop/refine guidance and decision frameworks

• Identify & demonstrate technologies that support operations

• Exercise activities & available technology solutions

• Additional Denver UASI Objectives

Current Situation and Path Forward

• IBRD Capstone Exhibition in Seattle, Washington on

September 21-23, 2010

• Announcement made at IBRD Capstone about intent to take next phase of IBRD to Denver, Colorado

• On October 21, 2010, DHS Briefed Denver UASI on I-CBR-

RD Concept

• Denver UASI agreed to participate in I-CBR-RD

• DHS and Denver UASI planning I-CBR-RD Kickoff Meeting in

December 2010

• Expect project to commence in January 2011 and last between two and three years


Chris Russell

Program Manager

R&D Branch

Chemical and Biological Division