Defense of Houston, Fifteen Year Later
Sept. 11, 2016
Defense Of Houston
By now you may have read that our little web site,
www.DefenseOfHouston.org, was selected as a Best Practice in Public Health by
the US Department of Health and Human Services. This is a tribute to your input
and to the tireless efforts of Mohammed Madjid, MD, John Mossbarger, Parsa
Mirhaji, MD , Claudia Ferreira, MD, and others who volunteered their time.
I myself have done very little , and I am embarrassed at the
thought of the many emails I have yet to answer. I suspect you will understand
that for me, as for you, terrorism readiness is not a full time job. To support
the website financially we finally had to turn for help to the University of
Texas-Houston Health Science Center, who have pledged to respect the community
Now I am very happy to be able to tell you that the university
and the city have been blessed with reinforcements, in the person of Scott
Lillibridge, MD, one of the top bioterrorism experts at CDC and HHS. Dr
Lillibridge will be professor of public health at UT and director of the Center
for Disaster Preparedness and Biosecurity. Unless there are objections from the
board I will ask him to take my place leading the web site. I know he has some
ideas about how to improve it and I hope you will read what he has posted.
There is also a new editorial which has a long list of readiness checklist
which we hope you can use and improve.
It has been a great honor to be associated with this community
effort. I believe we have done some good , but I know we can do more over the
next year to protect our families and those of the Houstonians who died at the
hands of terrorists a year ago today. In their memory we must do more.
With Respect and Gratitude,