Homeland Security/Emergency Response - Centralizing Access
workshop titled "Alliance to
Expand Radiological Emergency Preparedness in Public Health" was held in
Atlanta, Georgia, on April 1-2, 2009. The workshop was co-sponsored by the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Conference of Radiation
Control Program Directors (CRCPD). Its purpose was to solidify, formalize and
further develop partnerships established among radiation control and public
health organizations, and to address priorities for radiological emergency
preparedness that were established during the June 2008 "Roundtable on
Communication and Teamwork: Keys to Successful Radiological Response," also
co-sponsored by CDC and the CRCPD. The main objective of the workshop was to
produce an action plan to carry out the recommendations made at the 2008
roundtable (see below).
better prepare the nation for a public health threat involving
nuclear/radiological incidents, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) and the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD)
"Roundtable on Communication and Teamwork: Keys to Successful Radiological
Response" on June 17-18, 2008, in Atlanta, Georgia. This roundtable brought
together representatives from state and local public health agencies and
radiation control programs CRCPD's Homeland Security/Emergency Response
Council's HS/ER-2 Committee for Fostering Partnerships and Developing
Operational Guides to Support Emergency Preparedness and Response, chaired by
Adela Salame-Alfie, Ph.D., was involved in the development of this roundtable
and prepared the report on it.
guidance was developed by a Federal interagency committee led by the Executive
Office of the President (National Security Staff and Office of Science and
Technology Policy) with representatives from the Departments of Defense, Energy,
Health and Human Services, Homeland Security (DHS), Labor, Transportation,
Veteran’s Affairs, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Aeronautics
and Space Administration, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Future editions
and interagency coordination related to Planning Guidance for Response to a
Nuclear Detonation will be coordinated by DHS, Federal Emergency Management
Please refer comments and questions to the FEMA IND Response
and Recovery Program Office (www.fema.gov/CBRNE).
Emergency and Terrorism Preparedness for Environmental Health Practitioners
Food Emergency Response Network (FERN)
Radiation Studies: Emergency Preparedness and Response
a network of state and federal laboratories that are committed to analyzing food
samples in the event of a biological, chemical, or radiological terrorist attack
in this country.
The U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration’s
is operated by
National Security Technologies, LLC (NSTec). CTOS is sponsored by the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA) and Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) to develop and deliver
training courses to enable emergency responders to prevent, mitigate, or respond
to the terrorist use of radiological or nuclear weapons of mass destruction. Our
program trains over 10,000 responders per year, and this federally-funded
training is provided at no cost to eligible participants.
Further details about our organization can be found on our website at:
of Homeland Security
Bureau of Investigation
HHS/REMM Health and Human Services
Radiation Event Medical Management
web portal. The goals of this website are to:
- Provide guidance for health care providers, primarily physicians,
about clinical diagnosis and treatment during mass casualty radiological/nuclear
- Provide just-in-time, evidence-based, usable information with sufficient
background and context to make complex issues understandable to those without
formal radiation medicine expertise
Advisory Circular: Reporting of Laser Illumination of Aircraft
Warning and Reporting System for Pilots Press Release
of Federal Grants to State and Local First Responders
This matrix provides information about key grant programs from the Departments
of Homeland Security, Justice, Transportation, Health and Human Services, the
Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Education under which state and local
governments and first responders are eligible to receive planning, training,
equipment, and exercise assistance.
compiled by the Nuclear Energy Institute "to assist our state and local
emergency management partners in seeking grant funding to enhance the emergency
preparedness capabilities of our communities."
Resource Framework (NRF) Resource Center
The purpose of the National Response Framework is to establish a
comprehensive, national, all-hazards approach to domestic incident response.
The Framework presents an overview of key response principles, roles and
structures that guide the national response. It describes how communities,
States, the Federal Government and private-sector and nongovernmental partners
apply these principles for a coordinated, effective national response. And, it
describes special circumstances where the Federal Government exercises a larger
role, including incidents where Federal interests are involved and catastrophic
incidents where a State would require significant support. Its real value,
however, is in how these elements come together and are implemented by first
responders, decision makers and supporting entities to provide a unified
national response. The Framework is written for senior elected and appointed
leaders, such as Federal agency heads, State Governors, tribal leaders, mayors
or city managers - those who have a responsibility to provide for effective
incident management. At the same time, it informs emergency management
practitioners, explaining the operating structures and tools used routinely by
first responders and emergency managers at all levels of government.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission:
Information on radioactive dispersal devices (dirty bombs):
Operation Synergy - An exercise in California in March 2004 that included Orange
and Los Angeles Counties, the state of California, FBI, DOE, NRC, FDA, EPA, and
DHS (FEMA) participants. The three-day exercise simulated intelligence concerns
being worked by the FBI and local authorities prior to efforts by CA radiation
protection personnel or locals.
here for full report.
Radiation Event Medical Management (REMM) web portal :
was officially launched March 8, 2007 by the
Department of Health and Human Services.
Note: In addition, CRCPD
also has a
Homeland Security Council. This council was created at the May 2003
National Conference on Radiation Control.