A Mixed-Methods Approach to Understanding Radiation Preparedness within Local Health Departments
  • Item type: State and Local Response Plans
  • Source: National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
  • Date posted: 20 October 2017

This report describes how local health departments (LHDs) are preparing to respond to radiation emergencies. The report findings are based on survey results and key informant interviews that were conducted in 2015. The research focused on better understanding how public ... Read More

US Cities Are Not Medically Prepared for A Nuclear Detonation
  • Item type: Not Specified
  • Source: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
  • Date posted: 26 June 2017

The United States is not prepared to deal with an attack by a terrorist group using an improvised nuclear device, the author says. It should get prepared, because the risk is real even if the probability is low, and doing ... Read More

NCRP Report No. 165 Responding to a Radiological or Nuclear Terrorism Incident: A Guide for Decision Makers
  • Item type: Exercise Documentation , Federal Guidance , State and Local Response Plans
  • Source: The National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP)
  • Date posted: 11 April 2017

This report on Responding to a Radiological or Nuclear Terrorism Incident: A Guide for Decision Makers provides a comprehensive analysis of key decision points and information needed by decision makers at the local, regional, state, tribal and federal levels in ... Read More

Radioactive Sources: Opportunities Exist for Federal Agencies to Strengthen Transportation Security
  • Item type: Federal Guidance
  • Source: U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)
  • Date posted: 09 April 2017

Concerns have been raised that risk-significant sources could be stolen by terrorists and used to create a “dirty bomb.” NRC is responsible for licensing the possession and use of these sources. DOT regulates the transport of such sources, and DHS ... Read More

Community Reception Center (CRC) Drill Toolkit
  • Item type: Planning Templates , State and Local Response Plans
  • Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Date posted: 09 April 2017

This toolkit was created to help communities, agencies, and emergency planners design and implement a Community Reception Center (CRC) Drill. The CRC Drill toolkit provides guidance and templates that any jurisdiction can adapt to exercise the full range of CRC ... Read More

Radiation Emergencies Media Toolkit
  • Item type: Not Specified
  • Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Date posted: 09 April 2017

This online Radiation Emergencies media toolkit provides important content and materials in an easily accessible format to key audiences. Read More

Radiation Emergency Training for Poison Center Staff
  • Item type: Webinars and Training
  • Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Date posted: 09 April 2017

This training is an informational and educational resource about radiation exposure and illness for poison control staff. The ultimate goal of the training is to prepare poison control staff to react appropriately and share vital information in the event of ... Read More

Radiation Hazard Scale
  • Item type: Not Specified
  • Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Date posted: 09 April 2017

As an emergency communication tool, the Radiation Hazard Scale provides a frame of reference for relative hazards of radiation, conveying meaning without using radiation measurements or units that are unfamiliar to people.  Read More

Radiation Thermometer
  • Item type: Not Specified
  • Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Date posted: 08 April 2017

The purpose of the radiation thermometer is to put common radiation doses in perspective. This tool can help people assess their own risk in a radiation emergency. Read More

Communicating in Radiation Emergencies: Myths of Radiation
  • Item type: Webinars and Training
  • Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Date posted: 08 April 2017

Communicating in Radiation Emergencies: Myths of Radiation introduces participants to some common myths of radiation and identifies communications strategies to combat these and other myths. The training uses Person-On-The-Street interviews to identify the myths and features a discussion between risk ... Read More

Health and Safety Planning Guide for Planners, Safety Officers, and Supervisors for Protecting Responders Following a Nuclear Detonation
  • Item type: Federal Guidance , State and Local Response Plans
  • Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Date posted: 23 January 2017

Response in the aftermath of a nuclear detonation will be extremely challenging. The risk of radiation exposure requires additional protections and actions by first responders and other individuals conducting response and rescue operations. To provide planners and responders a better ... Read More

CDC Community Reception Center Tool Kit and CTOS Training Opportunities
  • Item type: Webinars and Training
  • Source: National Alliance for Radiation Readiness (NARR)
  • Date posted: 24 October 2016

The September 2016 National Alliance for Radiation Readiness (NARR) Quarterly Call provided an overview of CDC’s Community Reception Center (CRC) Tool Kit, as well as training opportunities offered by the Center for Radiological/Nuclear Training (CTOS). NARR September 2016 Quarterly Call ... Read More

Patient Movement Following a Mass Casualty Radiological Event
  • Item type: Webinars and Training
  • Source: National Alliance for Radiation Readiness (NARR)
  • Date posted: 16 September 2016

This one-hour webinar on patient movement following a radiological mass casualty incident was held on September 12 and was sponsored by the Radiation Injury Treatment Network and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. The webinar will: Provide an overview ... Read More

Radiological Sheltering Tabletop Exercise Toolkit
  • Item type: Exercise Documentation , Planning Templates
  • Source: National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
  • Date posted: 22 August 2016

Although many jurisdictions have general purpose sheltering plans for natural disasters and other non-radiation related emergencies, these plans are not sufficient for those displaces by a radiological incident. In response to this national gap for radiation preparedness, NACCHO collaborated with ... Read More

Concepts for Volunteers of the Connecticut Radiation Professional Volunteer Program (CT-RPVP)
  • Item type: State and Local Response Plans , Webinars and Training
  • Source: Connecticut Department of Public Health
  • Date posted: 08 August 2016

The State of Connecticut Radiation Professional Volunteer Program (CT-RPVP) brings together a group of radiation professional volunteers from across Connecticut that is specially trained to assist local communities and the state conduct population monitoring in response to a large-scale radiological incident. ... Read More

Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Training for First Responders
  • Item type: State and Local Response Plans , Webinars and Training
  • Source: Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Date posted: 08 August 2016

The Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) program is an online training program developed by Minnesota’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management, a division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, to ensure that the health and safety of the public is protected in the ... Read More

Radiation Response Volunteer Corps (RRVC) and Population Monitoring Tool Kit
  • Item type: Planning Templates , Webinars and Training
  • Source: Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors, Inc. (CRCPD)
  • Date posted: 08 August 2016

This tool kit helps communities educate their radiation response volunteers with the concept of population monitoring. Information includes orientation, recruitment, modules and courses, resources, templates and forms, and tools. Many of the documents are in editable format for communities to customize, and ... Read More

Guidance on Making Changes to Emergency Plans for Nuclear Power Reactors
  • Item type: Federal Guidance
  • Source: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
  • Date posted: 08 August 2016

The NRC is issuing Revision 1 to Regulatory Guide (RG) 1.219, “Guidance on Making Changes to Emergency Plans for Nuclear Power Reactors.” This guidance has been updated to clarify how the guidance applies to emergency plan changes at facilities that ... Read More

Dispelling Myths about Emergency Planning for Nuclear Power Plants
  • Item type: Not Specified
  • Source: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Date posted: 27 June 2016

This article explores and debunks 9 myths about planning for and responding to radiological emergencies in the United States. Read More

Power Reactor Decommissioning
  • Item type: Webinars and Training
  • Source: National Alliance for Radiation Readiness (NARR)
  • Date posted: 22 July 2015

This webinar provides an overview of decommissioning and the emergency preparedness related regulations associated with decommissioning. Mr. Bruce Watson, Chief of the Reactor Decommissioning Branch at the NRC and Mr. Robert Kahler, Branch Chief of the Emergency Preparedness Inspection and ... Read More

New York State Clinical Data Management System: Use for Medical Countermeasure Response
  • Item type: Webinars and Training
  • Source: NARR
  • Date posted: 22 July 2015

This webinar, presented by the National Alliance for Radiation Readiness, discusses use of the New York State Clinical Data Management System in medical countermeasure response and its applications for use in a community reception center. Read More

Radiation and Public Health Legal Considerations
  • Item type: Webinars and Training
  • Source: NARR
  • Date posted: 22 July 2015

In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) developed the radiation legal preparedness project (RLP) to assess state and local legal authorities related to the response to ... Read More

Radiological Emergency Preparedness and Hostile Action Based Exercises
  • Item type: Webinars and Training
  • Source: NARR
  • Date posted: 22 July 2015

This NARR/ASTHO hosted webinar reviews the REP program and the new Hostile Action Based exercise requirement. Presenters include representatives from the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Branch in the Technological Hazards division of FEMA, the Office of Waste Management and Radiological Protection ... Read More

Communicating with the Public in a Radiation Disaster
  • Item type: Webinars and Training
  • Source: NARR
  • Date posted: 22 July 2015

The National Alliance for Radiation Readiness, hosted a webinar on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 2:00-3:00 pm EST discussing the ways to communicate with the public during a radiological disaster. Our presenter was Leeanna Allen, MPH, MSCHES a Health Education Specialist ... Read More

Federal Radiological Monitoring and Assessment Center (FRMAC)
  • Item type: Federal Guidance
  • Source: National Nuclear Security Administration
  • Date posted: 16 June 2015

For coordinating federal radiological monitoring and assessment efforts in support of state, tribal, and local governments. The Federal Radiological Monitoring and Assessment Center (FRMAC) is a federal asset available on request by the Department of Homeland Security and state and local ... Read More

NNSA’s Aerial Measuring System
  • Item type: Federal Guidance
  • Source: National Nuclear Security Administration
  • Date posted: 16 June 2015

Environmental monitoring using aerial radiological monitoring platforms NNSA’s Aerial Measuring System (AMS) provides specialized airborne radiation detection systems to provide real-time measurements of low levels of air and ground contamination. Read More

CDC Collection & Shipping Protocols for Specimens after a Radiological/Nuclear Incident
  • Item type: Federal Guidance
  • Source: CDC
  • Date posted: 21 May 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed protocols for the collection and shipping of specimens after a radiological/nuclear incident. State radiation control directors are instructed to send these specimens to the state public health lab for packaging and shipping. Read More

Radiation Issues in Children: Knowledge Check & Primer
  • Item type: Webinars and Training
  • Source: National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health
  • Date posted: 20 May 2014

The National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH) offers a knowledge check and two complementary accredited online lessons for health care providers on Radiation Disaster Issues in Children Read More

APHL Fact Sheet: 2011 Japan Nuclear Incident
  • Item type: State and Local Response Plans
  • Source: APHL
  • Date posted: 20 May 2014

This fact sheet was produced by the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) and gives basic information on radiation. It was developed for the public response to the 2011 Japan nuclear incident. Read More

Medical Interventions after Radiation Exposure
  • Item type: Federal Guidance
  • Source: CDC
  • Date posted: 20 May 2014

This web page created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) addresses various medical interventions that could be used after a person has been exposed to radiation, and includes information on Diethylenetriaminepentaacetate (DTPA), Potassium Iodide, Neupogen, and Prussian Blue. Read More

Population Monitoring in Radiation Emergencies: A Guide for State and Local Pubic Health Planners
  • Item type: Federal Guidance
  • Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Date posted: 01 April 2014

This planning guide was developed by CDC to help state and local emergency responders and public health authorities to evaluate their population monitoring plans, identify and prioritize staffing and training needs, and develop mutual aid agreements. The guide was developed with ... Read More

Improvised Nuclear Device Response and Recovery: Communicating in the Aftermath
  • Item type: Federal Guidance
  • Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Date posted: 17 July 2013

The Improvised Nuclear Device (IND) guidance was developed as a resource for emergency responders and federal, state, local, tribal and territorial officials communicating with the public in the immediate aftermath of an IND detonation in the United States.  An interagency ... Read More

Communicating During and After a Nuclear Power Plant Incident
  • Item type: Federal Guidance
  • Source: FEMA
  • Date posted: 17 July 2013

This document provides communications guidance for domestic nuclear power plant incidents, and includes background information explaining roles and responsibilities across all levels of government during a nuclear power plant incident. Read More

Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance: NRT Technical Assistance Document
  • Item type: Federal Guidance
  • Source: The U.S. National Response Team (NRT)
  • Date posted: 12 June 2013

To ensure that workers can meet the challenges of disasters, they must be protected from the safety and health risks inherent in the work. This document provides a recommended health monitoring and surveillance framework, referred to as the Emergency Responder ... Read More

Health Effects Message Testing: Detonation of Improvised Nuclear Device
  • Item type: Federal Guidance
  • Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Date posted: 12 June 2013

In 2009-2010, the Nuclear Detonation Response Communications Working Group, a federal interagency group of communications and radiation subject matter experts, developed key messages for affected communities, as well as the rest of the nation, to be used during the immediate ... Read More

Planning Guidance for Response to a Nuclear Detonation
  • Item type: Federal Guidance
  • Source: Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM)
  • Date posted: 12 June 2013

The National Security Staff Interagency Policy Coordination Subcommittee for Preparedness and Response to Radiological and Nuclear Threats developed this guidance to provide emergency planners with nuclear detonation specific response recommendations to maximize the preservation of life in the event of ... Read More

Implications of an Improvised Nuclear Device Detonation on Command and Control for Surrounding Regions at the Local, State, and Federal Levels
  • Item type: Federal Guidance
  • Source: The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
  • Date posted: 12 June 2013

This white paper was prepared by David A. Pasquale and Richard G. Hansen for a workshop on Nationwide Response to an Improvised Nuclear Device Attack, hosted by the Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic ... Read More

Day 30: The Impact of Mass Evacuations on Host Communities Following Nuclear Terrorism
  • Item type: Federal Guidance
  • Source: The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
  • Date posted: 12 June 2013

This white paper was prepared  by the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness for the workshop on Nationwide Response to an Improvised  Nuclear Device Attack. The workshop was held January 23-24, 2013 and was ... Read More

Role of Regional Healthcare Coalitions in Managing and Coordinating Disaster Response
  • Item type: Not Specified
  • Source: The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
  • Date posted: 12 June 2013

A white paper prepared by Dr. Dan Hanfling for the January 23-24, 2013 workshop on Nationwide Response to an Improvised Nuclear Device Attack, hosted by the Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Medical and Public Health  Preparedness for Catastrophic Events together ... Read More

Key Response Planning Factors for the Aftermath of Nuclear Terrorism
  • Item type: Webinars and Training
  • Source: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)
  • Date posted: 12 June 2013

This study, which focused primarily upon the hazards posed by radioactive fallout, used detailed fallout predictions from several advanced models developed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.  The results of the modeling and analysis showed that the largest potential for ... Read More

Prioritization of Laboratory Samples Following a Radiological Event: Considerations
  • Item type: Webinars and Training
  • Source: National Alliance for Radiation Readiness
  • Date posted: 27 November 2012

After a radiological event, many questions may need to be answered to help health officials mitigate a public health crisis, such as: Where did the fallout spread? Did it impact crops, livestock, or water supplies? Who was exposed, to what, ... Read More

Recommendations for the Follow-Up Assessment of Contaminated Travelers by Radiation Control Health Physics Staff
  • Item type: Federal Guidance
  • Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Date posted: 30 August 2012

State radiation control program health physicists often perform the follow-up assessment of contaminated travelers in coordination with the local or state health department. The CDC has released these recommendations for conducting the follow-up assessments. The follow-up assessment should consist of ... Read More

Epidemiological Form for Public Health Follow-Up of Travelers
  • Item type: Federal Guidance
  • Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Date posted: 30 August 2012

The CDC has developed a form to assist in the follow-up of travelers identified at US ports of entry with radioactive material on their bodies associated with the incident at Fukushima Daiichi, Japan.  This information also includes sample consent language. ... Read More

Recommendations for Follow-up of Travelers
  • Item type: Federal Guidance
  • Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Date posted: 30 August 2012

CDC published recommendations for public health follow-up of travelers identified as contaminated with radioactive material by Customs and Border Protection at U.S. Ports of Entry. Read More

Responding to a Radiation Emergency- A Population Monitoring Toolkit
  • Item type: Webinars and Training
  • Source: Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors
  • Date posted: 05 June 2012

This population monitoring toolkit provides a comprehensive resource for professionals responding in the immediate aftermath of a radiation emergency. Read More

The Status of State-level Radiation Emergency Preparedness and Response Capabilities, 2010
  • Item type: Webinars and Training
  • Source: Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
  • Date posted: 01 June 2012

Public health preparedness activities have often focused on detection, identification, and response to the intentional release of microbial agents of human disease. Local and state health agencies are less experienced with non-microbial agents, such as chemical and radiologic threats. Nevertheless, ... Read More

APHL Fact Sheet on Clinical Radiological Laboratory Preparedness
  • Item type: Webinars and Training
  • Source: Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL)
  • Date posted: 11 April 2012

This is a fact sheet prepared by APHL to describe the need for investment in laboratory capacity to respond to radiological emergencies. Read More

After Action Report of the 4th National Top Officials Exercise Operations of Health/Environmental Unified Command, Medical Care Point, and Rapid Screening Point
  • Item type: Exercise Documentation
  • Source: Multnomah County Health Department
  • Date posted: 04 April 2012

The 4th National Top Officials Exercise (TOPOFF 4), supported locally by Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement, used a radiological dispersal device “dirty bomb” scenario to exercise communications, mass care, onsite incident management, triage and pre-hospital treatment, and emergency public ... Read More

The Role of Public Health in a Nuclear or Radiological Terrorist Incident
  • Item type: Federal Guidance , Webinars and Training
  • Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Date posted: 29 February 2012

This Center for Disease Control and Prevention video provides information about the roles of federal response teams and local and state public health services following a nuclear or radiological terrorist incident.  The video presents information about radiation principles, possible scenarios ... Read More

Communicating Radiation Risks
  • Item type: Federal Guidance , Planning Templates
  • Source: United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Date posted: 29 February 2012

This EPA tool is a resource for communicating with the public and the media during a radiological crisis. It provides communications techniques and advice based upon risk and crisis communication strategies. In addition, it provides sample messages for use in different ... Read More

Frequently Asked Questions About a Nuclear Blast
  • Item type: Federal Guidance
  • Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Date posted: 29 February 2012

These Frequently Asked Questions sheets developed by CDC address issues surrounding dirty bombs, radiation emergencies, and nuclear blasts. Read More

CDC’s Roles in the Event of a Nuclear or Radiological Terrorist Attack
  • Item type: Federal Guidance
  • Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Date posted: 29 February 2012

This web page provides information on the role CDC will have in a response to a nuclear or radiological terrorist attack. The web page provides information on the National Response Plan and CDC roles, partners, and response actions following a nuclear or ... Read More

Los Angeles County Community Reception Flow Diagrams
  • Item type: State and Local Response Plans
  • Source: Los Angeles County
  • Date posted: 29 February 2012

Part of the Los Angeles County Mutli-Agency Radiological Response Plan, the Los Angeles County Community Reception Flow Diagrams provide examples of how to set up the different stations within a community reception center.  Included are flow diagrams for the entire ... Read More

Responding during a Radiation Emergency
  • Item type: Federal Guidance
  • Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Date posted: 29 February 2012

This web page created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information on evacuation, sheltering in place, and population monitoring during a radiation emergency. Read More

Radioactive Contamination and Radiation Exposure Fact Sheet
  • Item type: Federal Guidance
  • Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Date posted: 29 February 2012

Information developed by CDC on radioactive, external and internal, contamination along with radiation exposure and the differences between the two. Read More

Instructions to the Public on How to Perform Decontamination at Home
  • Item type: State and Local Response Plans
  • Source: Los Angeles County
  • Date posted: 29 February 2012

Part of the Los Angeles County Mutli-Agency Radiological Response Plan, this sample public information sheet provides detailed instructions to those who have been exposed to radioactive materials on how to perform self-decontamination at home. Read More

Virtual Community Reception Center (vCRC)
  • Item type: Federal Guidance , Webinars and Training
  • Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Date posted: 21 February 2012

This web-based training tool, developed by CDC, provides an overview of the process of establishing and operating a community reception center following a mass casualty radiation emergency. This training will help users understand the process flow, identify key stations, and ... Read More

Radiation Injury Fact Sheets
  • Item type: Federal Guidance
  • Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Date posted: 21 February 2012

These two Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fact sheet provide detailed information for physicians regarding the radiation injuries, specifically Acute Radiation Syndrome and cutaneous radiation injuries. Read More

Los Angeles County Multi-Agency Radiological Response Plan – Volume 2 Extended Plan- Monitoring People for Contamination at Public Reception Centers- Playbook 9
  • Item type: State and Local Response Plans
  • Source: Los Angeles County
  • Date posted: 21 February 2012

This playbook provides an example of how Los Angeles County will operate a community reception center.  The playbook includes instructions on how to provide medical treatment for individuals, evaluate contamination levels, provide decontamination, recommend ways to minimize future health consequences, ... Read More

A Plan for Incorporating Local Volunteer Radiation Professional into Existing Health Volunteer Programs to Assist in Population Monitoring
  • Item type: State and Local Response Plans , Webinars and Training
  • Source: Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD)
  • Date posted: 21 February 2012

This CRCPD report details a project to assess the feasibility of incorporating radiation professionals into existing volunteer registries and programs (e.g., the Medical Reserve Corps). The report presents state examples of initiatives that raise awareness of the benefits of using ... Read More

Handbook for Responding to a Radiological Dispersal Device: First Responder’s Guide- The First 12 Hours
  • Item type: Webinars and Training
  • Source: Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD)
  • Date posted: 21 February 2012

This handbook was created by CRCPD as a training and reference tool for state and local responders and officials in the event of a radiological incident. The handbook provides information such as flow charts of suggested response activities, guidance for ... Read More

Instructions for the Public Waiting for Decontamination
  • Item type: State and Local Response Plans
  • Source: Los Angeles County
  • Date posted: 21 February 2012

Part of the Los Angeles County Mutli-Agency Radiological Response Plan, this public information sheet provides instructions and information for the public who are waiting to undergo the decontamination process and a description of the activities which will occur inside the Community ... Read More

Community Reception Center Training Module
  • Item type: State and Local Response Plans , Webinars and Training
  • Source: Los Angeles County
  • Date posted: 21 February 2012

Part of the Los Angeles County Multi-Agency Radiological Response Plan, this flow diagram details the step-by-step process of directing the public through a Community Reception Center (CRC).  The training includes descriptions of the seven different stations within a CRC including initial sorting, ... Read More

Responding to a Radiological or Nuclear Terrorism Incident: A Guide for Decision Makers
  • Item type: Planning Templates
  • Source: National Council on Radiation Protection
  • Date posted: 21 February 2012

This set of public information statement templates can be used following the explosion of a radiological dispersal device or an improvised nuclear device.  Different templates have been developed for use immediately following the incident, after a few hours when more information ... Read More

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Messaging Templates
  • Item type: Federal Guidance , Planning Templates
  • Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Date posted: 21 February 2012

These public information templates were designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be used to provide health and safety information in the first hours following a nuclear weapon or a dirty bomb explosion. Read More

Creative Brief for Terrorist Events Involving Radioactive Materials
  • Item type: Planning Templates
  • Source: Disaster and Emergency Communication Research Unit at the University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Date posted: 21 February 2012

This creative brief was developed by the Disaster and Emergency Communication Research Unit at the University of Alabama at Birmingham to guide public health communicators in developing future messages, by presenting both the protective actions people can take following a radiation emergency and ... Read More

Los Angeles County Pre-Scripted Public Messages
  • Item type: Planning Templates , State and Local Response Plans
  • Source: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
  • Date posted: 21 February 2012

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has developed a set of pre-scripted messages in the event an explosive radiological dispersal device. Read More

Nuclear Detonation Preparedness: Communicating in the Immediate Aftermath
  • Item type: Federal Guidance
  • Source: US Government Interagency Nuclear Detonation Response Communications Working Group
  • Date posted: 21 February 2012

This document was developed by the US Government Interagency Nuclear Detonation Response Communications Working Group as a resource for emergency responders and federal, state, and local officials communicating with the public and the media during the immediate aftermath of a nuclear ... Read More

Guidance on Developing Effective Radiological Risk Communication Messages
  • Item type: Planning Templates
  • Source: US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Date posted: 21 February 2012

This US Nuclear Regulatory Commission guidance for nuclear power plant licensees and local responders contains principles, strategies, and tools for producing messages before, during, and after a radiological emergency.  Over 400 questions that the public and media may ask during ... Read More

Guidelines for Handling Decedents Contaminated with Radioactive Materials
  • Item type: Federal Guidance
  • Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Date posted: 21 February 2012

These guidelines were developed by CDC for medical examiners, coroners, and morticians to deal with loose surface contamination, internal contamination, or shrapnel on or in decedents’ bodies. The guidelines are applicable for all types of radiation exposure, including the exposure ... Read More

Radiation Tables
  • Item type: State and Local Response Plans
  • Source: Los Angeles County
  • Date posted: 21 February 2012

Part of the Los Angeles County Multi-Agency Radiological Response Plan, this set of tables present radiation response information in an easy to read graphic format, including responder, property, and victim contamination release levels; radionuclides of concern; staffing requirements for Community Reception Centers; ... Read More

Dose Responder Log
  • Item type: State and Local Response Plans
  • Source: Los Angeles County
  • Date posted: 21 February 2012

Part of the Los Angeles County Multi-Agency Radiological Response Plan, this form may be used to document the dosimeter and dose readings of emergency responders following a radiological incident. Read More

Rapid Screening Point Operations Video
  • Item type: Exercise Documentation , Webinars and Training
  • Source: Multnomah County Health Department
  • Date posted: 21 February 2012

This video documents how Multnomah County Health Department established a rapid screening point during their participation in the 2007 4th National Top Officials Exercise (TOPOFF 4), an exercise which involved a radiological dispersion in Oregon. The video documents the set-up and operation of ... Read More

Radiation Tracking and Epidemiology Form
  • Item type: State and Local Response Plans
  • Source: New York Department of Health
  • Date posted: 21 February 2012

Developed by the New York Department of Health, this form will help Community Reception Center staff collect demographic and epidemiological information from highly contaminated individuals. Read More

Bioassay and Lab Prioritization Criteria
  • Item type: Planning Templates , State and Local Response Plans
  • Source: New York State Department of Health
  • Date posted: 21 February 2012

Developed by the New York Department of Health, this guidance will assist Community Reception Center staff in making recommendations on which individuals should provide a urine sample which will be tested for internal contamination. Read More

Los Angeles County Contamination Survey Forms
  • Item type: Planning Templates , State and Local Response Plans
  • Source: Los Angeles County
  • Date posted: 21 February 2012

Part of the Los Angeles County Multi-Agency Radiological Response Plan, these forms may be used to document contamination survey results of both individuals and property at the Community Reception Center. Read More

Registration Station Sample Job Action Sheet
  • Item type: Planning Templates
  • Source: CDC/Oak Ridge Associated Universities Virtual Community Reception Center
  • Date posted: 21 February 2012

The Community Reception Center (CRC) staff assigned to the Registration station will greet all people coming to the CRC and direct them to the appropriate station.  This document is a Job Action Sheet which describes the duties of staff working at the Registration station. Read More

Wash Station Sample Forms
  • Item type: Planning Templates
  • Source: CDC/Oak Ridge Associated Universities Virtual Community Reception Center
  • Date posted: 21 February 2012

The staff assigned to the Wash station within a Community Reception Center will be tasked with assisting people with decontamination.  This tool provides a sample Job Action Sheet, which provides instructions for facilitating showering, collecting contaminated personal items, and performing ... Read More

Discharge Station Sample Forms
  • Item type: Planning Templates
  • Source: CDC/Oak Ridge Associated Universities Virtual Community Reception Center
  • Date posted: 21 February 2012

Following a radiological emergency, people leaving the community reception center (CRC) may be referred for further care or discharged to their home or other community shelter.  To ensure people leaving the CRC reach their desired destinations, Discharge station staff will provide information ... Read More

First Aid Station Sample Forms
  • Item type: Planning Templates
  • Source: CDC/Oak Ridge Associated Universities Virtual Community Reception Center
  • Date posted: 21 February 2012

This set of sample forms includes a Job Action Sheet, which describes the duties of a Community Reception Center staff member assigned to work in the First Aid station.  The staff assigned to the First Aid station will be required to ... Read More

Sorting Station Sample Forms
  • Item type: Planning Templates
  • Source: CDC/Oak Ridge Associated Universities Virtual Community Reception Center
  • Date posted: 21 February 2012

This Job Action Sheet describes the duties of a Community Reception Center (CRC) staff member assigned to the sorting station.  This person will escort people who arrive to the CRC to the First Aid station, the Wash station, or the Contamination Screening Express line.  In ... Read More

Medical Care Point Operations Video
  • Item type: Exercise Documentation , Webinars and Training
  • Source: Multnomah County Health Department
  • Date posted: 21 February 2012

This video documents how Multnomah County Health Department established a medical care point during their participation in  the 2007 4th National Top Officials Exercise (TOPOFF 4), an exercise which involved a radiological dispersion in Oregon.  The video demonstrates how to establish ... Read More

Exposure and Contamination Detection and Survey Guidance
  • Item type: State and Local Response Plans
  • Source: Los Angeles County
  • Date posted: 21 February 2012

This guidance document provides information and explains the difference between exposure and contamination.  It also provides guidance and standing operating guides on how to assess internal contamination, perform radiation surveys for contamination, and the tools necessary to perform the assessments. It is ... Read More

Contamination Station Sample Forms
  • Item type: Planning Templates
  • Source: CDC/Oak Ridge Associated Universities Virtual Community Reception Center
  • Date posted: 13 February 2012

This set of forms contains an executive overview of the contamination station within a Community Reception Center, including information on its function, location, staffing, Personal Protective equipment, and radiation detection devices needed.  In addition to the overview, a Job Action ... Read More

2007 Congressional Hearing on Laboratory Readiness
  • Item type: Federal Guidance
  • Source: Association of Public Health Laboratories
  • Date posted: 30 January 2012

Held in 2007, this hearing before the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, of the House Committee on Science and Technology, 110th Congress, entitled “Radiological Response: Assessing Environmental and Clinical Laboratory Capabilities”, presented environmental and laboratory concerns that are still relevant. ... Read More

APHL Radiation 101 for Laboratorians
  • Item type: Webinars and Training
  • Source: Association of Public Health Laboratories
  • Date posted: 03 January 2012

The Association of Public Health Laboratories developed this Radiation 101 course for laboratorians that emphasizes detection. Key focus is on basic information about radiation, the types of monitoring that occur in the United States, and the methods used to detect radioactivity.   Read More

Radiation Dose Chart
  • Item type: Webinars and Training
  • Source: Randall Monroe
  • Date posted: 03 January 2012

This chart illustrates the ionizing dose radiation a person can absorb from various sources. It was developed for general education purposes by webcomic Randall Monroe and a senior reactor operator at Reed Research Reactor. Read More

Enhancing Personal Readiness and Resilience for Radiation Disasters: A Guide for all Citizens
  • Item type: Federal Guidance
  • Source: American Medical Association Center for Public Health Preparedness and Disaster Response
  • Date posted: 14 November 2011

This Citizens Guide provides critical medical and mental health information to enable individual citizens to play a more effective role in local disaster preparedness and response efforts. Specifically, the Guide provides citizens with basic life-saving and support information that can ... Read More

Enhancing Personal Readiness and Resilience for Radiation Disasters
  • Item type: Webinars and Training
  • Source: American Medical Association Center for Public Health Preparedness and Disaster Response
  • Date posted: 14 November 2011

This instructor-led course seeks to empower individuals by providing the information and skills they need to protect their health and safety in a radiation event. Informed individuals are better able to understand their personal responsibilities (eg, to self-decontaminate and to ... Read More

Prepare for the Unthinkable: Enhancing Citizen Preparedness for a Radiation Disaster [Facilitator’s Guide]
  • Item type: Webinars and Training
  • Source: American Medical Association Center for Public Health Preparedness and Disaster Response
  • Date posted: 14 November 2011

This Facilitator’s Guide accompanies the radiation disasters training material entitled Enhancing Personal Readiness and Resilience for Radiation Disasters for presentation in community groups. The Guide explains the purpose and goals of a training session, things a facilitator needs to do before the session, the schedule and ... Read More

Rad Resilient City Preparedness Checklist
  • Item type: Planning Templates
  • Source: Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Date posted: 27 September 2011

The Rad Resilient City Preparedness Checklist is a local planning tool that could help save 100,000 or more lives following a nuclear detonation. The checklist converts the latest federal guidance and technical reports into 7 clear, actionable steps for communities ... Read More

Psychological First Aid in Radiation Disasters
  • Item type: Webinars and Training
  • Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Date posted: 18 September 2011

This self-study training uses interviews conducted with experts involved in the Goiania and Three Mile Island incidents, and video scenarios that allow participants to observe how psychological first aid techniques can be employed in a variety of response settings. Continuing education credit available ... Read More

Preparing for Radiological Population Monitoring and Decontamination
  • Item type: Federal Guidance , Webinars and Training
  • Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Date posted: 18 September 2011

This CDC training course  is designed to educate and inform the target audience on radiological population monitoring, including initial and long-term monitoring issues, considerations for establishing monitoring sites, and roles and responsibilities of local, state, and federal public health and emergency preparedness ... Read More

Public Health Planning for Radiological and Nuclear Terrorism
  • Item type: Federal Guidance , Webinars and Training
  • Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Date posted: 18 September 2011

This CDC web-based training course provides public health officials with the most current information regarding public health planning for response to radiation  emergencies, including information on local government roles and  responsibilities, radiologic monitoring of people (population monitoring), pharmaceutical countermeasures deployed ... Read More

Community Reception Center Screening Form
  • Item type: State and Local Response Plans
  • Source: Florida Department of Health
  • Date posted: 08 September 2011

This form was used by the Florida Department of Health during a radiation exercise of the Community Reception Center concept and flow. This form was modified specifically toward use of a new screening tool, the Gamma Emitter Contamination Assessment Tool (GECAT), and ... Read More

Question Bank for Follow-up Forms and Questionnaires for Radiation Explosive Emergency Response
  • Item type: Planning Templates
  • Source: Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
  • Date posted: 08 September 2011

A workgroup made up of members of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists developed a bank or matrix of possible questions that could be used to develop follow-up forms and questionnaires primarily related to a radiation explosive emergency. In ... Read More

Nuclear Medicine Pocket Guide
  • Item type: Federal Guidance
  • Source: NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Date posted: 06 September 2011

This document gives the maximum dose rates for hospital discharge for 21 radionuclides and offers quick tips for police and security officers about nuclear medicine patients. Read More

National Academies-DHS Fact Sheet
  • Item type: Federal Guidance
  • Source: US Department of Homeland Security
  • Date posted: 06 September 2011

Radiological Attack Fact Sheet: Dirty Bombs and Other Devices The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and The National Academies teamed up in 2003 to produce fact sheets on chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear attacks designed to help better prepare the ... Read More

How Nuclear Medicine Can Trigger a Radiation Alarm
  • Item type: Federal Guidance
  • Source: NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Date posted: 06 September 2011

This pamphlet was developed to help police and security officers understand how patients undergoing certain nuclear medicine procedures may trigger a radiation detector. It is not a guide on how to interpret readings. Read More

Radiation Planning Annex Template for Local Health Departments
  • Item type: Planning Templates
  • Source: NACCHO
  • Date posted: 29 July 2011

NACCHO, through its involvement with the National Alliance for Radiation Readiness, has developed a fully customizable template of a radiation-specific annex to an all-hazards Emergency Operations Plan. This template outlines the potential roles for local public health in a radiation ... Read More

NYC Hospital Guidance for Responding to a Contaminating Radiation Incident
  • Item type: State and Local Response Plans
  • Source: NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Date posted: 02 June 2011

The aim of this publication, NYC Hospital Guidance to Responding to a Contaminating Radiation Incident, is to serve as a practical resource for New York City hospitals in planning a response to an emergency involving radioactive contamination. This guide was ... Read More