Dr. Terry Donat Co-Presents Plenary Session at Orlando, Fla., Consortium

Central DuPage Hospital
Central DuPage Hospital

Terry Donat, MD, FACS, FICS, co-presented a closing plenary session on March 23 at the 2015 Preparedness, Emergency Response and Recovery Consortium (PERRC) in Orlando, Fla. Dr. Donat, a specialist in otolaryngology at CGH Medical Center and an IEMA-certified Illinois professional emergency manager, and David Hunt, an independent homeland security consultant, presented “Current and Emerging Threats to Our Electrical Grid.” They addressed the short-term and long-term challenges of catastrophes such as extreme space weather, cyberattack and high-altitude electromagnetic pulse attacks so attendees could understand what critical contingent capabilities must be engaged and promulgated now.

One of the objectives of the session was learning about current and increasing threats to the North American electrical grid, especially regarding policy and procedure toward emergency management. Another was studying the most major immediate, short-term and long-term effects of various levels of electrical power grid disruption and how to best address the problems within catastrophic scenarios. The consortium and expo was held at the Caribe Royale All-Suite Hotel and Convention Center from March 23-26.end_icon