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Rad Resilient City Preparedness Checklist

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How Can Concerned Cities and Regional Partners Best Prepare for Radioactive Fallout?

The Fallout Preparedness Checklist is a tool for designing and implementing a fallout preparedness program for cities and their regional partners. Coupled with each action is a set of implementation tasks. Because implementation will take time and jurisdictions have limited resources, the checklist attempts to balance the practical and the “perfect.” The order in which the actions are presented reflects the Expert Advisory Group’s judgment about what activities should be tackled first. This appraisal includes a measure of which steps are prerequisites for others and which exhibit a high degree of complexity and expense.

Rad Resilient City Preparedness Checklist

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Action 1: Obtain broad community backing and understanding of nuclear incident preparedness to sustain the program over time.

Action 2: Conduct an ongoing public education program to inform the public about the effects of a nuclear detonation and how they can protect themselves. 

Action 3: Enable building owners and operators—from individual householders to skyscraper managers—to assess shelter attributes and to teach others. 

Action 4: Strengthen the region’s ability to deliver actionable public warnings following a nuclear detonation through well-chosen technologies and organizational procedures. 

Action 5: Establish a rapid system for mapping and monitoring the dangerous fallout zone to specify which residents need to take what protective action. 

Action 6: Develop planning strategies and logistical capabilities to support a large-scale, phased evacuation. 

Action 7: Integrate, test, and conduct training on the above elements of a comprehensive fallout preparedness and public warning system. 

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How Does a Jurisdiction Benefit from Adopting the Preparedness Checklist?

Successful adoption of the Fallout Preparedness Checklist can produce significant gains for communities. The collaborations essential for nuclear terrorism readiness can have spillover effects for other complex disaster management matters. A program for fallout preparedness—where the ability to shelter for at least 1 to 3 days is central—builds on elements of an all-hazards framework and extends that framework so that it truly becomes comprehensive in the ability to address nuclear terrorism. Moreover, steady implementation of the checklist can create momentum for cities and their neighboring areas to tackle other difficult nuclear response and recovery issues like the surge in demand for medical services, search and rescue capabilities, and the sheltering of mass, displaced populations. Lastly, and most important, after an actual nuclear detonation, having implemented this checklist could save tens of thousands of lives.



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