Radiological Response Tools - Radiological Mapping in the Aftermath


M. Wendling, P. Brenberger, C. Hellier


The dirty-bomb scenario poses unique challenges in the emergency response arena. Postevent, the public hysteria associated with the spread of radiological contamination could lead to a more significant problem for emergency response organizations than the radiological contamination itself. A fast, accurate, and scientifically defensible radiological characterization of the contamination from the event is critical to emergency response. Use of radiological mapping systems can be invaluable in the rapid determination of the extent and magnitude of contamination spread due to a dirty-bomb detonation. Systems such as Eberline Services' Laser-Assisted Ranging and Data System (LARADS), and the Global Positioning Environmental Radiological Surveyor (GPERS-II) provides clear, concise data reports of radiological levels and locations while avoiding subjective errors. The systems use standard radiological detection instruments combined with Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Laser positional tracking technology to unite the "where" and the "what" of the survey process in electronic format for analysis and report generation. Generated files can be uploaded to Geographic Information Systems to produce timely survey records and reports. Radiological information can be collected in the field and, through the use of wireless technology, made available to the incident command decision makers in real-time.


This abstract was presented at the 36th Annual Midyear Meeting, "Radiation Safety Aspects of Homeland Security and Emergency Response", Late Submissions Session, 1/26/2003 - 1/29/2003, held in San Antonio, TX.

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