In this video based on his CHDS thesis, “A Case for State and Local Integration of the Separate Federal Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program,” Matt Heckard provides an overview and policy options analysis of offsite radiological emergency preparedness and response protocols for commercial nuclear power plants. Heckard’s thesis addresses which benefits, shortfalls, and challenges emerge from the integration of the hazard-specific emergency preparedness and response program established under REPP with the all-hazards core capabilities and the National Preparedness System doctrine.
About the Presenter
Matt Heckard is the Assistant Director for Preparedness at the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) for the State of Tennessee. He is responsible for leading emergency planning, training, and exercise statewide preparedness programs. In addition to these programs, he oversees the technological hazards programs that address offsite emergency preparedness for fixed nuclear facilities, the Department of Energy Oak Ridge Reservation, and the state program for radiological detection and measurement capability implemented within counties across the state.
Matt graduated from the Master’s Program at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security in Monterey, CA, and holds a degree from Northern Arizona University. Before joining the team in Tennessee, Matt held similar roles within the State of Arizona’s Emergency Management Division for ten years. He is proud to be a part of the Tennessee team and enjoys spending time with his wife and three children enjoying the rich landscape and culture within the state.