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Preparedness Lessons from the Boston Marathon Bombings

On April 15, 2013, two explosions rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Within minutes, authorities from multiple jurisdictions launched an extraordinary collaborative effort to treat victims, clear crowds, track down the bombers, and calm a rattled city. Researchers would later call that approach “swarm leadership.” A decade later, we bring together leaders from the front lines and emergency preparedness experts to tell the inside story of the response. Our panelists will share key lessons learned and explore how the principles and practices implemented in Boston can help us prepare for future crises. 

Richard Serino, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Former Chief of Boston Emergency Medical Services, explains how lessons from the Boston Marathon bombings can be applied to future crises. #BostonMarathon #bostonstrong

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William H. McDaniel, MD

Dr. Robert H. Shmerling is the former clinical chief of the division of rheumatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and is a current member of the corresponding faculty in medicine at Harvard Medical School.

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