Monday, April 28, 2014

MAY 17, 2014: Mystery Writers of America, Florida Chapter, Luncheon

GUEST SPEAKERS:            Mike Geier and Charles V. Boyd
Program:  “Weapons of Mass Destruction: Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Threats”

Do you have a real bad guy in your story?  A villain who’s out to destroy the world – or your cozy little town?  Then you don’t want to miss this highly educational (and entertaining, in a good way!) presentation by two resident experts.  They’ll inform us on ways to wipe out a population, and how first responders on the scene and emergency preparedness planners behind the scenes work to protect us from these evils.  Good stuff to know, whether for your fiction or your life!

Mike Geier is a Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Planner who manages radiological preparedness for Palm Beach County FL.  He has organized and continues to provide leadership to the Palm Beach County REP & Preventative Radiological Nuclear Detection Working Groups.  Mike also manages the county’s chemical Emergency Planning Community Right to Know Program.  Mike authored the first REP Field Operations Guide for Florida’s first responders.  In an off-duty capacity, Mike is an instructor in FEMA’s National Domestic Preparedness Consortium – Counter Terrorism Operational Support Program.  Prior to his current position, Mike spent 7 years in law enforcement and 11 months as the Deputy Logistics Chief for the City of New Orleans during the response Hurricane Katrina among other field deployments.  He has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a graduate certificate in disaster management.  His private sector background also includes experience in transportation, pharmaceutical research/development and small business ownership.   He is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers, and US Civil Air Patrol.   

Charles V. Boyd is first responder located in South Florida. His career spans over 3 decades of service in special operations divisions for federal, state and municipal governments.  He has responded to emergencies both domestically and internationally. Mr. Boyd has developed numerous concepts of operations and implementation strategies for covert and overt homeland security initiatives – These ‘CONOPS’ include a variety of topics for 'white powder' response, tox-medic protocols, biowatch surveillance and Preventive Radiological Nuclear Detection. Charles works with Domestic Nuclear Detection Office and Counter Terrorism Operations Support as well as nationally recognized municipal fire rescue agency. Charles has private sector interests in agri-business and private education. 

DATE:  Saturday, May 17, 2014
TIME:  11:30—Social mingling; 12:00—Luncheon and Business Meeting
PROGRAM:  1:00— Mike Geier and Charles V. Boyd, “Weapons of Mass Destruction: Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Threats”
PLACE:  Doubletree by Hilton (formerly Deerfield Beach Hilton), 100 Fairway Drive, Deerfield Beach, 33441 (east at Hillsboro Blvd exit from I-95.)
COST:  $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members.  Please note that those who do not reserve and prepay will pay $5 extra at the door, and be seated only if space is available.

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