Practical Application of the Critical Factors Concept and the Incident Command System in Planning for and Responding to a Radiological Incident


S. S. McElrath, D. H. Hiett, Jr.


Radiological incidents pose unique considerations for those responding to the incident. To ensure an effective response and appropriate use of resources, established methods of incident management and response must be applied. Critical Factors provide Command with an awareness of certain incident conditions and requirements. The Incident Command System establishes the command structure for the incident. While the Incident Command System must understand the unique considerations posed by a radiological incident, it is equally important that technical resources have a full understanding of the Incident Command System.


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

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