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Sites Useful for Preparedness and Response

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Emergency Preparedness Archives: Developed by AHRQ as part of its Public Health Emergency Preparedness program, which was discontinued on June 30, 2011. While some material may be dated, there is useful information for community preparedness on this website.

All Hazards Consortium (AHC): The AHC is a state sanctioned nonprofit governed by a Board of Directors and working groups comprised primarily of the regional leaders in homeland security and emergency management from the east coast. The AHC webinars and reports contain information helpful for preparedness and response that can inform planning for a nuclear detonation.

Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute (AFRRI): This site includes course offerings, a variety of reports from this DOD research radiation laboratory, and information useful for emergency responders, medical professionals, researchers and the general public.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Emergency Preparedness and Response: The emergency preparedness section of the CDC website contains helpful information about radiation for both the lay public and professionals, along with links to other valuable resources.

Citizen Corps (DHS): This site includes a variety of documents related to Medical Reserve Corps training, Citizen Emergency Response Team training, etc.

Community Emergency Response Network [(CERN), Howard Co., MD]: This website contains links to helpful resources as well as a brochure on what to do in the event of a nuclear detonation.

Community Environmental Monitoring Program (CEMP): CEMP was established in 1981. It is funded by the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Nevada National Security Site (formerly known as the Nevada Test Site) Office and administered by the Desert Research Institute (DRI) of the Nevada System of Higher Education. CEMP’s goal is to increase accessibility to and transparency of monitoring data. It provides a hands-on role for the public in the monitoring process, including schools, where it also serves as a vehicle for science education. Its educational info section contains a large amount of educational material for children and teens.

Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD): This website features a number of publications that are helpful in community preparedness, including A Plan for Incorporating Local Volunteer Radiation Professionals into Existing Health Volunteer Programs to Assist in Population Monitoring.

DisasterHelp (FEMA), Radiation/Nuclear: Disaster information from FEMA and other Federal agencies.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Radiation Protection: The site describes EPA’s radiation-related activities, including information on EPA’s radiation protection programs, references, and selected radiation topics, e.g., “Understanding Radiation.”

Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Radiation Emergencies: Information on drugs that can be useful in radiation emergencies; includes several fact sheets.

Health Physics Society (HPS), Medical Response Subcommittee: The Medical Response Subcommittee has produced a number of products useful in planning for care of survivors of radiation emergencies. There are also useful publications by other organizations located on the website.

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Emergency Preparedness: Headquartered in Vienna, Austria, the IAEA is an independent international organization related to the UN. The IAEA works for the safe, secure, and peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology. The emergency preparedness pages provide information helpful for planning response to a nuclear incident.

International Commission on Radiation Protection (ICRP): ICRP has developed, maintained, and refined the International System of Radiological Protection, which is used world-wide as the common basis for radiological protection standards, legislation, guidelines, programs, and practice.  It has published more than 100 reports on all aspects of radiological protection. The website provides information on these activities as well as reports.

National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)/Advanced Practice Center (APC): This site contains educational and public health materials on a variety of topics related to radiation emergencies, including psychosocial issues.

National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP), Nuclear Terrorism: Part of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, the NCDP performs research and policy analysis related to preparedness, response, and recovery from disasters. Its focus areas include disaster recovery, system readiness, vulnerable populations, and citizen engagement. The nuclear terrorism webpage contains reports, a conference white paper, and other resources useful for preparedness and response.

National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP): Chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1964, the NCRP develops and disseminates information, guidance, and recommendations on radiation protection and measurements which represent the consensus of leading scientific thinking. The Council also facilitates and stimulates cooperation among organizations concerned with the scientific and related aspects of radiation protection and measurements.

National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA), Department of Energy (DOE): NNSA is responsible for the management and security of the nation’s nuclear weapons, naval nuclear reactor programs, and nuclear nonproliferation. It also responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad. NNSA federal agents also provide safe and secure transportation of nuclear weapons and components and special nuclear materials along with other missions supporting national security. This website provides information relevant to nuclear security and safety as well as links to organizations within DOE that address missions associated with these objectives, such as the NNSA’s national laboratories. Go to NNSA’s nuclear emergency response description and references.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Dept. of Labor--Radiation: OSHA ensures safe and healthful working conditions for workers by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance. The webpage devoted to radiation provides information about Radiation Dispersal Devices (RDD), ionizing radiation, and the threat.

Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF): RERF is a cooperative Japan-U.S. research foundation dedicated to studying the health effects of atomic bomb radiation for peaceful purposes. Its sections on research activities and library contain a wealth of medical and scientific information.

Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS): Part of the DOE, the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) manages Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS), which provides international leadership in emergency medical responses to radiation incidents. The website hosts a number of publications as well as information on education and training.

Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM): This website has been developed by HHSD and the National Library of Medicine (NLM). It provides guidance on the diagnosis and treatment of radiation casualties. REMM can be downloaded onto a desktop or mobile device.

Radiation Injury Treatment Network (RITN): RITN is a cooperative effort of the National Marrow Donor Program and the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation. It provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment for victims of radiation exposure or other marrow toxic injuries. RITN develops treatment guidelines, educates health care professionals, works to expand the network, and coordinates situation response for a large-scale radiation emergency. (DHS), Nuclear Threat: This site provides information on how to respond to a nuclear detonation as well as information about the threat and links to other documents.

State and Local Planners Playbook for a Medical Response to a Nuclear Detonation (HHS/ASPR): This Playbook is a guide to assist state, regional, local, tribal, and territorial medical and public health planners and other subject matter experts in preparing their venues for a nuclear detonation. It is not designed to account for all local variables or planning considerations and must be tailored to specific local organizations, requirements, and capabilities.

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Radiation: The NRC is charged by Congress to protect people and the environment from unnecessary exposure to radiation as a result of civilian uses of nuclear materials. Toward that end, the NRC requires nuclear power plants, research reactors; and other medical, industrial, and academic licensees to use and store radioactive materials in a way that eliminates unnecessary exposure and protects radiation workers and the public. The website contains a number of educational resources about radiation, its health effects, and the organization.

United Nations Subcommittee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR): UNSCEAR is the international body with responsibility to report on the exposure of people to radiation worldwide and to assess the scientific information on the effects of exposure to ionizing radiation. It has authored 20 reports and followed the effects of the Chernobyl accident.  It also has an FAQ section that is written in plain language.

World Health Organization (WHO), Radiation Accidents and Emergencies: This site provides online resources related to WHO and non-WHO online resources.

Selected National Laboratories Involved in Nuclear Security and Safety

The websites listed below provide information about ongoing research and access to the labs’ unclassified papers.



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