A radiation incident affecting a large population will require local response authorities to establish one or more population monitoring and decontamination facilities to assess people for exposure, contamination, and the need for decontamination or other medical follow-up. These facilities are known as community reception centers (CRCs).
The Community Reception Center Electronic Data Collection Tool (CRC eTool) is designed to collect, analyze, visualize, and securely exchange population monitoring data, including demographics, radiation contamination measurements, radiation exposure assessment, and health outcomes. It is created using the Epi Info 7 platform and can be implemented using a local area network to include laptops, tablets, and cell phones. Data analysis, visualization, and transfer and exchange processes are also much more efficient once the data are collected electronically.