Sean Crawford is the Director of the Chemical, Biological, Nuclear, Radiological (CBRN) Office at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). His office is charged with the responsibility of preparing the nation to respond to a CBRN incident or threat through policy, planning, operations, tools & standards, training & exercises, and outreach efforts.
In 2012, Mr. Crawford launched the RadResponder program as the result of lessons learned from Fukushima. RadResponder was later incorporated into the Nuclear/Radiological Incident Annex (NRIA) to the National Response Framework (NRF) and has become the national standard for radiation data collection. The program naturally evolved to incorporate chemical hazards, ChemResponder, and is currently assessing the requirements for a BioResponder service. The “CBRN Responder” Network will allow Federal, State, and Local first responders and emergency managers to collect and share data using a single common operating picture.
Prior to joining FEMA in 2008, Mr. Crawford worked for Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) and both of Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA) Remote Sensing Laboratory (RSL) locations. A graduate of the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a degree in Environmental Science, Mr. Crawford served a combined total of 11-years at DOE/NNSA as a physical scientist, project manager, and technology integrator. In 2010, Mr. Crawford co-authored the Department of Homeland Security’s Strategy for Responding to and Recovering from a Nuclear Detonation, and the National Security Council’s Planning Guidance for a Response to a Nuclear Detonation.