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Special Japan CSIS-LSU Series to Hold Second Event on May 26

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 4:23pm

BATON ROUGE (FOX44) – The CSIS-LSU Series on Disaster Management and Emergency Response will host a second event as part of its special Japan series on Thursday, May 26. Titled “Preparing for the Unthinkable: Joint Crisis Leadership in the Event of an Energy Systems Breakdown,” the event will feature a panel discussion with Doug Walters, James P. Fama, Craig Conklin and William Renz.

Scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. and last until 6 p.m., the event can be viewed live online at Audio of the event will be available on iTunes U after the event is complete. The location for the panel discussion is CSIS B1 Conference Center, 1800 K Street, NW, in Washington, D.C.

Walters is the vice president of regulatory affairs for the Nuclear Energy Institute and a member of the Nuclear Sector Coordinating Council. Fama is the vice president of energy delivery for the Edison Electric Institute. Conklin is with the Sector Specific Agency Executive Management Office in the Office of Infrastructure Protection for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Renz serves as the director of nuclear emergency preparedness at Entergy. The session will be moderated by David Pumphrey, deputy director and senior fellow for the CSIS Energy and National Security Program. Opening remarks will be given by Minister Kenji Goto, ministry of Economy, Trade, Industry and Energy for the Embassy of Japan.

According to CSIS, the Fukushima nuclear accident highlighted the need for enhanced nuclear safety mechanisms and protective measures worldwide. It also underscored the need for effective crisis management, jointly between energy industry CEOs and federal officials, in the event of a systems breakdown. When the unthinkable happens – be it related to nuclear, gas or electricity supplies – who is in charge of containing the compromise, of managing the re-establishment of transmission lines, of issuing evacuation orders and of conducting timely and transparent public outreach? This discussion will explore on-going efforts within the United States to reinforce joint industry and government contingency planning in the event of a compound emergency involving an energy systems breakdown.

To register for the event, visit

The CSIS-LSU Series on Disaster Management and Emergency Response is an academic partnership between CSIS and the LSU Stephenson Disaster Management Institute. The series is made possible through the generous support of LSU SDMI and the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation of Baton Rouge.

The series provides a forum for government officials, experts, academics, and nongovernmental organizations dealing with disaster management and emergency response to discuss critical issues facing the United States’ ability to address disaster and emergency situations domestically and internationally.

Founded in 2007, in response to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the mission of the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute, or SDMI, is to save the lives of people and animals by continuously improving disaster response management through leadership in applied research and executive education. Contributions from individuals and industry, along with governmental contracts and research grants, are critical to the future of the institute. To support the institute’s mission, please visit

The Center for Strategic and International Studies, or CSIS, is a bipartisan, nonprofit organization founded in 1962 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. It seeks to advance global security and prosperity by providing strategic insights and policy solutions to decision makers.

The Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation is Louisiana’s largest private family foundation. Their mission is to improve the quality of lives of Louisiana’s children and families with an emphasis on health and human services. Since Katrina, the foundation has been a leader in disaster grant making and Gulf Coast recovery

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