GA was asked by Heyltex, a chemical and pharmaceutical company, to help raise public awareness for the threat of radiological threats in the U.S., particularly “dirty bombs.”
The Radiological Threat Awareness Coalition (R-TAC) was launched in August 2008. R-TAC was created to highlight the existence of a nationwide gap in preparedness efforts when it came to radiological threats, the most common of which is a “dirty bombs.” Through a series of events, the release of a nationwide poll, and an organization-commissioned white paper, R-TAC was able to create greater national awareness of these potential threats as well as link national security stakeholders to better resources and tools.
In the span of just three months, R-TAC attracted over 200 members, including influential voices from the emergency preparedness sector. The two summits executed during the launch phase attracted key stakeholders from the private sector, the Hill and the research community.