The REAL Rudy

Jerome M. Hauer, one of the nations' best known names in emergency management and health and medical response is now the Chief Executive Officer of the Hauer Group. The Hauer Group provides consulting services in the areas of Homeland Security, Emergency Management and Public Health and Medical Planning, Training and Response to disasters and assists a variety of companies in achieving their strategic mission in these areas.

Hauer was most recently the Director of the Response to Emergencies and Disasters Institute (READI) at The George Washington University. Appointed as the institute's first director Mr. Hauer was working with the Department of Homeland Security to coordinate and deliver first responder, medical and public health training for the National Capital Region (NCR). Mr. Hauer was an assistant professor in the School of Public Health & Health Services and the School of Medicine.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy G. Thompson named Jerome M. Hauer as Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness on June 28, 2002. In this role, Hauer was responsible for coordinating the country's medical and public health preparedness in response to emergencies, including acts of biological, chemical, and nuclear terrorism. The office oversees over $1 billion dollars per year in bioterrorism preparedness grant funding for state and local governments. Before his appointment as Acting Assistant Secretary in June, Mr. Hauer had served as Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness. Mr. Hauer also served as senior advisor to the Secretary for National Security and Emergency Management during the events of September 11, 2001, and the nation's anthrax crisis.

Before coming to HHS, Mr. Hauer was named by Mayor Rudolf Giuliani's as New York City's first Director of the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) for the City of New York. During his tenure at OEM, Mr. Hauer was charged with coordinating the city's planning for and response to natural and man-made events, including acts of terrorism. New York became the first city to develop a bioterrorism response plan and to do large-scale bioterrorism exercises. New York City, under Hauer's leadership, also pioneered surveillance systems for detecting unusual health events. New York has, for years, been recognized as being in the forefront of preparedness for terrorism.

Before coming to New York City Hauer served as the Executive Director of the State of Indiana's Emergency Management Agency, as well as its Department of Fire and Building Services. He also served as Co-chairman of the State of Indiana's Emergency Response Commission and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the State's Public Safety Training Institute. He was on the Congressional Fire Caucus' Urban Search and Rescue Advisory Committee as well as the National Institute for Urban Search and Rescue Advisory Council. In 1990 and 1991, he was named Chairman of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Earthquake Consortium.

In 1987, Hauer was named Deputy Director for Emergency Management for the City of New York's Emergency Medical Services. Four years earlier, Mr. Hauer joined the Biomedical Division of IBM as a clinical research coordinator, later taking responsibility for the company's Hazardous Material Response, Crisis Management, Fire Safety and Emergency Medical Response Programs. A series of hazardous materials training videos produced by Mr. Hauer earned him the International Film and TV Critics of New York Bronze Award in 1986.

He has appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows and is an on air consultant to ABC network news. He was also an advisor to the Columbia University's School of Public Health, the University of Southern California's School of Medicine, and the Los Angeles Police Department.

Hauer has served on the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine's Committee to Evaluate R&D Needs for Improved Civilian Medical Response to Chemical or Biological Terrorism Incidents, as Consulting Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies-Center for Emerging Threat and Opportunities, the Board of Visitors National Interagency Civil-Military Institute, and was an advisor to the U.S. Capitol Police and the U.S. Marine Corps' Chemical-Biological Incident Response Force (C-BIRF). He has worked with public safety agencies, hospitals and departments' of health worldwide in preparing for mass casualties and acts of terrorism. He assisted the governments of New South Wales and Victoria in preparing for the 2000 Olympics.

He was selected as one of six scientists to brief President Clinton on biological terrorism and assisted in the World Health Organization's rewrite of its 1970 monograph on chemical and biological weapons.

Mr. Hauer developed the first technique for re-infusing blood lost by patients following cardiac surgery while a graduate student at Johns Hopkins. Upon graduation from Hopkins, he spent time at the Maryland Shock Trauma Unit and then joined Beth Israel Hospital in Boston as a Research Associate. His research focused on auto-transfusion and coagulopathies in trauma and cardiac surgery. Additionally, Mr. Hauer served on the faculty of the Northeastern University Paramedic Program and was a teaching assistant in the physiology labs for first- and fourth-year students at Harvard Medical School. He co-directed the first two postgraduate courses in Trauma Management at the Longwood Area Trauma Center of the Harvard Medical School.

Mr. Hauer has also served as a volunteer firefighter in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and was a member of the Fairfield County Hazardous Materials Response Team. He was a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve attached to the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Hauer has a Master's degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and a Bachelor's Degree from New York University.

Mr. Hauer is the recipient of numerous honors, including Outstanding Alumni of the Year from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, the Distinguished Alumni Award from NYU, The New York State Conspicuous Service Medal, the Police Service Award-United States Capitol Police, and the Indiana Commendation Medal for Exceptional Meritorious Service, Legion of Hoosier Heroes Award. In 1998 he and the Office of Emergency Management were included in the Federal Emergency Management's Compendium of Exemplary Practices for New York City's Terrorism Preparedness Initiative. He is a member of the New York City Police Department's Honor Legion, and is an honorary Assistant Chief in the New York City Fire Department.

Mr. Hauer has coauthored forty-six (46) publications, three (3) books/chapters and two (2) monographs.

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