Bio–Terrorism & Weapons of Mass Destruction  
HLM Consultants is a group of Environmental and Occupational Medicine specialists based in Atlanta. The two full-time physicians in our group are board- certified specialists in Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Preventive Medicine. Each has extensive experience working in federal occupational and environmental health agencies.

HLM Consultants can provide a variety of flexible services, including:

  • General awareness training for terrorist attacks involving
    weapons of mass destruction
  • In-depth training in decontamination and emergency and medical management of casualties for responders and incident commanders
  • Consultations with security experts to find vulnerabilities and help design effective protection, and
  • Design of programs for incident response, decontamination,
    and restoration of affected facilities.

HLM Consultants' doctors are diplomats of the Army's Medical Management of Biological and Chemical Casualties Courses. Each has worked extensively as a medical evaluator and controller in hospital, and emergency response evaluations during Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) exercises. The Doctors co-authored the project outlining options for the National Guard Bureau to counter domestic terrorism employing Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs). Both Doctors serve as advisors, speakers, and exercise evaluators for Project Atlanta, a program conducted by the Georgia Institute of Technology's Center for Emergency Response Technology, Instruction and Policy (CERTIP); the Marine Corps War Fighting Laboratory; and the Office of Naval Research to develop detectors for WMDs and improve protocols and readiness for responding to terrorist events employing WMDs.

Dr. Leffingwell MD, MPH, spent the last 10 years of his career with the US Public Health Service's Chemical Demilitarization Branch at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). While at CDC, he participated in treaty negotiations with the former Soviet Union. Following the Tokyo Subway incident in 1995, he was part of the four-person US State Department team to provide technical assistance to the Government of Japan. While at CDC and subsequently as a consultant, he have served the US State and Defense Departments and federal security agencies as an expert in the public health effects of chemical weapons disposal and terrorist threats from chemical and biological weapons.

Dr. Hutchinson MD, MPH, FACOEM, has also worked for over five years with WMD public health issues. He traveled to Japan as a member of the three-person US National Guard Bureau delegation to discuss with Japanese officials their preparedness for events like the Tokyo subway attack of March 1995. He supported the US Army's Chemical Stockpile Demilitarization Program by investigating and consulting on management of medical issues. Dr. Hutchinson developed the "Public Health Impacts of War and Terrorism" at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, and he currently serves as its Course Director.