RadResponder Network: Free National Standard for Managing Radiological Data

James R. Blais, RadResponder Program Manager, FEMA

RadResponder Network is now provided free to all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial response organizations, allowing users to uniformly establish a flexible, efficient, and networked approach to the management of radiological data.

The RadResponder Network is important to all members of the community to ensure a robust response, a resilient community, and a single place to access real-time radiological data. This system ensures that subject-matter experts, decision makers, first responders, and all members of the state, local, tribal, and territorial community have the most up-to-date information to make informed and lifesaving decisions. It is also a great service that helps build relationships and exchange ideas while building higher standards of data sharing without having to recreate the wheel.

As part of the Nuclear/Radiological Incident Annex to the Response and Recovery Federal Interagency Operational Plans, the RadResponder Network is the national standard and whole-community solution for the management of radiological data.

The product of collaboration among the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration, and Environmental Protection Agency, the network was developed as a solution to lessons learned about data management and data sharing following the Fukushima disaster in 2011.

RadResponder can be accessed on smartphones and tablets (iOS, Android, Windows) and via the web (www.radresponder.net), allowing it to be seamlessly and rapidly employed at all levels of government during a radiological or nuclear emergency response.

The network also provides tools to manage personnel, equipment, and field teams, which help to maintain data quality standards. The RadResponder mapping utility allows for the geospatial display of real‐time data, responder locations, modeling, user geographic information systems (GIS) files, fixed sensors, facilities, and sampling locations. GIS file exports ensure RadResponder is interoperable with other geospatial situational awareness tools.

Partnerships and Data Management

Partnership functions within the network provide flexibility for organizations to manage with whom and under what circumstances radiological data is shared. Events can be managed in RadResponder to allow multiple jurisdictions to collect and share radiological data and event information. RadResponder also incorporates atmospheric dispersion modeling into events, allowing for rapid display of plume models to support operational planning and decision making.

Via the RadResponder Application Program Interface, organizations and equipment manufacturers can integrate live data feeds into the system to provide real‐time monitoring and situational awareness. These data feeds can take the form of fixed monitoring stations or user‐authenticated, Bluetooth‐enabled detection equipment, which reduces errors and improves the quality and efficiency of data collection.

For more information, please contact the RadResponder Team at support@radresponder.net.

RadResponder shared event space with modeling and data. Graphic courtesy of RadResponder

RadResponder mobile application. Graphic courtesy of RadResponder

Event Map with clustered data and responder tracking. Graphic courtesy of RadResponder