First Response Work Group
Development of information and techniques for responding to radiological events
Some thoughts about keeping your perspective in a radiological emergency...
An aid to understanding radiological exposure hazards...
Links to First Responder Resources:
Due to the similarities between the first responder and public health response to a chemical or radiological incident, this website will provide valuable background information for interested emergency responders:
An Approach to First Responder Radiological Preparedness
Contamination Monitor Procedure (MBAS-RAD-001)
Instructions for Use of Digital Dosimeters (MABAS-RAD-002)
(Gamma) Exposure-Rate Monitor (MABAS-RAD-003)
Radiation Detection and Metering Standard Operating Procedure
First Responders - Does Radiation Change the Response - Presentation by Tom O'Connell
The Challenge of Communication at Hazmat Incidents
Time-to-Dose Calculator - Excel spreadsheet for calculating time-to-dose limit for various instruments
Nuclear Dose Calculator - Excel spreadsheet for calculating time-to-dose limit when responding to a nuclear weapons attack
First Responder Job Aids and Documents
Q&A Radioactive Materials Transportation and Incident Response, FEMA 358, 05-2010: This 27 page, pocket-sized booklet provides answers to the questions typically asked by responders to incidents involving radioactive materials. The booklet provides on scene guidance for responding to radiological incidents along with multiple color photos of transportation packages. The booklet is an update to the existing FEMA 358. This is a must-have document for any responder to an incident involving radioactive materials.
The tool has been designed for use on portable devices, such as handheld computers and smart phones, and requires only a Web browser to be used.
Transportation Emergency Preparedness Program - Emergency Responder Radioactive Material Quick Reference Sheet: This one-page reference sheet provides a quick reference for responding to a transportation accident involving radioactive materials.
Manual for first responders to a radiological emergency: The objective of this publication by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is to provide practical guidance for those responding within the first few hours of a radiological emergency.
Communicating in the First Hours: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's communication guide for the first hours of an incident
Medical Management of Internally Radiocontaminated Patients: A manual that is useful for EMS and hospital medical personnel for management of patients internally contaminated with radioactive materials
NIST Special Publication 981 - Aid for Decontamination of Fire and Rescue Service Protective Clothing and Equipment After Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Exposures
Emergency Response to Terrorism Job Aid Edition 2: A U.S. Fire Administration handbook
Critical Incident Stress Management Articles: A compilation of articles covering a variety of topics related to incident stress management
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Radiation emergencies, Information for First Responders contains guidance and recommendations for radiological response.
CDC/NIOSH Guidance Documents: The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health's guidance document website on Protecting Emergency Responders
HSPD-8 Overview: Here is the Department of Homeland Security Office of Grants and Training overview of Presidential Directive 8 National Preparedness, with links to other documents and Presidential directives.
Emergency Responder Guidelines: The Office for Domestic Preparedness is the Department of Justice's component responsible for enhancing the capabilities of state and local jurisdictions to prepare for, and respond to, incidents of domestic terrorism involving chemical and biological agents and nuclear, radioactive, and explosive devices.
Radioactive Material Shipment Quick Reference Sheet: A quick reference from the Department of Energy
Websites of Interest to First Responders:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a lot of information on bioterrorism agents, chemical warfare, diseases, and other threats in addition to radiological emergencies. There is information on how to handle mass casualty incidents.
The Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) provides state-of-the-art science, technology, and engineering solutions to meet the rapidly changing needs of the war fighter. Located in Edgewood, Maryland, ECBC offers more than 85 years' experience in chemical and biological defense and houses many facilities capable of handling items contaminated with chemical, biological, or radiological materials.
Specific ECBC offerings include a full array of material management assistance ranging from risk management to agent detection, testing, and decontamination. By partnering with industry, academia, and the first responder community, ECBC leverages this expertise, furthering its mission to protect U.S. Armed Forces and U.S. interests.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has published many documents pertaining to radiological emergency response. There are technical documents on radiological response, case histories of past incidents to learn what went right and what went wrong, medical aspects of radiation exposures, risks from radiation, and emergency planning and preparation documents. In addition, the IAEA has a website dedicated to first responders including a Manual for first responders to a radiological emergency.
Comprehensive Planning Guide 101
Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 101 provides guidance for developing emergency operations plans. It promotes a common understanding of the fundamentals of risk-informed planning and decision making to help planners examine a hazard or threat and produce integrated, coordinated, and synchronized plans. The goal of CPG 101 is to assist in making the planning process routine across all phases of emergency management and for all homeland security mission areas. This Guide helps planners at all levels of government in their efforts to develop and maintain viable, all-hazards, all-threats emergency plans.
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The mission of the National Bioterrorism Hospital Preparedness Program is to ready hospitals and supporting health care systems to deliver coordinated and effective care to victims of terrorism and other public health emergencies.
The Mission of FIRESCOPE is to (1) provide professional recommendations and technical assistance to the director of OES (Office of Emergency Services) and the OES Fire and Rescue Branch on the following program elements:
and (2) maintain a system known as the FIRESCOPE "Decision Process" to continue statewide operation, development, and maintenance of the following FIRESCOPE-developed Incident Command System (ICS) and Multiagency Coordination System (MACS) components:
NIOSH objectives include:
The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit research organization providing objective analysis and effective solutions that address the challenges facing the public and private sectors around the world. For more than 50 years, the RAND Corporation has pursued its nonprofit mission by conducting research on important and complicated problems. Initially, RAND (the name was derived from a contraction of the term research and development) focused on issues of national security. Eventually, RAND expanded its intellectual reserves to offer insight into other areas, such as business, education, health, law, and science. RAND's innovative approach to problem solving has become the benchmark for all other "think tanks" that followed.
RAND is a nonpartisan research institute and use of its banner does not imply a relationship with, affiliation with, sponsorship of, or endorsement of the HPS or this website.
Nuclear Threat Initiative's (NTI) mission is to strengthen global security by reducing the risk of use and preventing the spread of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons. NTI seeks to raise public awareness, serve as a catalyst for new thinking, and take direct action to reduce these threats.
On this site you will find a Research Library, which has multiple sections. We have found that the Source Documents section is full of valuable insight documents. In this section, you will be able to access nonproliferation and WMD-related documents published by both nongovernmental organizations and government bodies.
WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) is a system designed to assist first responders in hazardous-material incidents. Developed by the National Library of Medicine, WISER provides a wide range of information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression guidance.
The operational version of WISER for Windows is now available for download! The operational version of WISER for Palm OS is also available.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. GAO is often called the "congressional watchdog" because it investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars.
GAO gathers information to help Congress determine how well executive-branch agencies are doing their jobs. GAO's work routinely answers such basic questions as whether government programs are meeting their objectives or providing good service to the public. Ultimately, GAO ensures that government is accountable to the American people. To that end, GAO provides Senators and Representatives with the best information available to help them arrive at informed policy decisions: information that is accurate, timely, and balanced. GAO supports congressional oversight by:
At a time of new global opportunities and challenges, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) provides strategic insights and policy solutions to decision makers in government, international institutions, the private sector, and civil society. A bipartisan, nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, DC, CSIS conducts research and analysis and develops policy initiatives that look into the future and anticipate change.
Since 1962, CSIS has grown to become one of the world's preeminent international policy institutions, with more than 220 full-time staff and a large network of affiliated scholars focused on defense and security, regional stability, and transnational challenges ranging from energy and climate to global development and economic integration.
Homeland1.com is revolutionizing the way in which the homeland security community finds relevant news, identifies important training information, interacts with colleagues, and researches product information. With more than 12,000 members across public safety, Homeland1 offers a full range of articles, videos, training tips, and product information. Homeland1 addresses the wide-ranging needs of domestic preparedness: from command and control to bioterrorism, disaster exercises, and funding and is a resource for emergency managers, disaster planners, and counter-terrorism officials across the country.
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