Paul Hewett is the Deputy Director of the Center for Integrated Emergency Preparedness at Argonne National Laboratory. He is responsible for developing programs, conducting research, and developing and implementing innovative approaches to resolving a wide spectrum of emergency preparedness issues. His research interests include planning modernization, exercise evaluation methodologies and vulnerable population assistance.
At Argonne, Hewett is the Principal Investigator/Program Manager for Argonne’s support to DHS FEMA’s (Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency) National Preparedness Directorate (NPD). He leads research teams that:
- Support development of emergency planning guidance and systems,
- Provide logistics planning, operational planning, and risk communications technical assistance to state and local governments; and
- Develop and deploy emergency management models, simulations, and decision-making tools in support of FEMA’s preparedness and technical assistance programs.
Additionally, he provides analytical and technical support in emergency planning and evaluating emergency response to a chemical weapons accident to the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Office, U. S. Army Chemical Materials Activity. He was the principal investigator for public health preparedness projects conducted for the Chicago Department of Public Health and the University of Chicago Hospital System. He has led more than 20 emergency planning technical assistance projects provided to state and local governments, addressing a wide range of natural and technical hazards.
Hewett has more than 30 years’ experience in operations planning, designing and conducting training, and designing and conducting performance-based readiness assessments. His early involvement in the field of emergency management came from managing nuclear weapons surety programs for U.S. Army commands in Germany and the United States. Immediately before joining Argonne, he was the program manager for the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program at the Maryland Emergency Management Agency.
Hewett is the author or co-author of numerous journal articles and reports on emergency planning, evaluations systems, and lessons-learned processes. He has been at Argonne since 1994.