EMSI is pleased to announce the addition of Nate Russo to our team. Nate joins us after working for the last ten years with the U.S. Department of Energy / National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) in their Emergency Operations and Nuclear Counterterrorism programs. Nate will continue to support these programs in the same capacity under EMSI’s contract with DOE/NNSA.
Nate brings extensive experience in emergency management and national security, especially in the realm of exercise planning. Over the last ten years, Nate has served as the lead exercise planner for some of the largest and most complex nuclear and radiological response exercises, including counterterrorism exercises, nuclear weapons accidents, and consequence management exercises, both domestic and abroad. Earlier this year, he was DOE’s lead planner for the Gotham Shield exercise in New York and New Jersey, an exercise in which EMSI provided substantial support. In 2014, he was the lead planner of the DOE NUWAIX exercise, the first DOE custody nuclear weapons accident exercise that included an IMT from state/local government to assist DOE in managing the incident.
Indicative of his expertise, Nate served as a critical member of the DOE response to the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident. In addition to working in the DOE headquarters Emergency Operations Center (EOC) as a member of the Nuclear Incident Team (NIT), Nate spent almost a month in Japan coordinating bilateral response efforts between the U.S. and Japanese governments. For his support, he was award the DOE Secretary’s Honor Award.
EMSI has provided emergency management contract support to DOE since 2007 and currently works with several DOE programs. Nate joins an already accomplished EMSI team of professionals supporting the important emergency management and national security missions of DOE.