Planning Guidance for Response to a Nuclear Detonation

  • Item type: Federal Guidance
  • Date Posted: 12 June 2013
  • Source: Federal interagency committee led by the Executive Office of the President (National Security Staff and Office of Science and Technology Policy) with representatives from the Departments of Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security (DHS), Labor, Transportation, Veteran’s Affairs, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The purpose of this guidance is to provide emergency planners with nuclear detonation specific response recommendations to maximize the preservation of life in the event of an urban nuclear detonation. This guidance addresses the unique effects and impacts of a  nuclear detonation such as scale of destruction, shelter and evacuation strategies,  unparalleled medical demands, management of nuclear casualties, and radiation dose management concepts. The guidance is aimed at response activities in an environment with a  severely compromised infrastructure for the first few days(i.e., 24 – 72 hours) when it is likely that many Federal resources will still be en route to the incident.

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