Radiological Preparedness

Understanding the Mobile Detection Deployment Program

Terrorist threats of radiologicaluclear attacks continue to raise concern at all levels of government. To assist state and local responders during “surge” events, the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office maintains detection units that can be deployed, along with laboratory personnel, to supplement the jurisdictions’ existing radiological and nuclear detection capabilities and resources.

Hospital Response to a 10-Kiloton Nuclear Detonation

Article Out Loud For many years, federal, state, and local authorities throughout the United States have planned and trained for the notional possibility of a 10-kiloton improvised nuclear device being

Public Health Response & Severe Weather Emergencies

Public health professionals are constantly building the capacity and capabilities needed to respond to a variety of possible emergencies such as biological events, pandemic influenza, emerging diseases, manmade disasters, and a host of other dangers.

Hospitals Must Prepare Now for Future Contingencies

Considering the financial constraints already in place, and the likelihood that there will be continuing reductions in federal grant funds for preparedness, the challenge facing U.S. hospitals and other healthcare

New Security Officer Training Opportunity

Emergency Film Group has released Professional Security Officer: Roles & Responsibilities, a DVD-based training program for security guards. The training describes how security professionals support a safe workplace and a secure facility, while remaining professional, open and friendly.

CBRNE & NIMS: Complementary, Not Contradictory

Some critics of the U.S. National Incident Management System (NIMS) have cited a wide variety of examples to justify their claims that the NIMS policy guidelines will not fully and/or effectively serve the nation’s needs in managing future emergency-response situations.

The Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills

Great ShakeOut earthquake drills help people in homes, schools, and organizations practice how to be safe during big earthquakes, and provide an opportunity for everyone to improve their overall preparedness.

Protecting Responders From the Known and Unknown

Law enforcement officers secure the scene, hazmat teams enter the hot zone, emergency medical technicians transport victims, and emergency room doctors and nurses receive patients following a radiological incident. Each responder plays an important role, but each requires a different level of protection, which is dictated by different standards. Resources are available to help determine the best protection.

EPA's Role in Domestic Preparedness

The terrorist attacks on the United States in September 2001 emphasized the need to better protect the nation against future threats. New government agencies were formed while existing agencies expanded their roles in preventing, responding to, and recovering from a variety of natural disasters and other emergencies. The Environmental Protection Agency is one such agency that is taking steps to improve operational readiness at the national level.
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