"This Civil Preparedness Guide (CPG) establishes and documents the need for procurement and nationwide distribution of radiological defense (RADEF) instruments in sufficient quantities to protect the population and to make recovery activities possible in the event of a large-scale nuclear disaster. It describes established State and local systems for storing, maintaining, and using these instruments. It also projects instrument quantities required to meet national need for radiological defense. The following paragraphs highlight the major points of the report. Events involving nuclear materials or weapons and resulting in a hazardous radiological environment are possible. Hence, under the Federal Civil Defense Act of 1950, as amended, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is charge with developing plans and procedures for national population protection during and after a nuclear attack. In keeping with intent of this legislation, the report emphasizes nuclear attack preparedness measures involving radiological instruments. Experience has shown that emergency response and recovery efforts are hampered " even nullified " when emergency preparedness activities are neglected. To do all that is humanly possible to protect the population of the U.S. in the event of a nuclear disaster, radiological preparedness activities must be begin now."
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