Federal Radiological Monitoring and Assessment Center: Monitoring Manual Volume 1: Monitoring Group Operations [open pdf - 367KB]
"In Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD)-5, the President directed the development of a new National Response Plan (NRP) to align Federal coordination structures, capabilities, and resources into a unified, all-discipline, all- hazards approach to domestic incident management. The NRP is built on the template of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), which provides a consistent doctrinal framework for incident management at all jurisdictional levels, regardless of the cause, size, or complexity of the incident. The activation of the NRP and its coordinating structures and protocols-either partially or fully-for specific Incidents of National Significance provides mechanisms for the coordination and implementation of a wide variety of incident management and emergency assistance activities. Included in these activities are Federal support to state, local, and tribal authorities; interaction with nongovernmental, private donor, and private-sector organizations; and the coordinated, direct exercise of Federal authorities, when appropriate. The Nuclear/Radiological Incident Annex to the NRP addresses the response of Federal agencies to terrorist incidents involving nuclear or radioactive materials (Incidents of National Significance), and accidents or incidents involving such material that may or may not rise to the level of an Incident of National Significance. In the event of a potential or existing major radiological incident, the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration Nevada Site Office (NNSA/NSO) has been charged with establishing and managing the Federal Radiological Monitoring and Assessment Center (FRMAC). The FRMAC provides coordinated federal assistance in the off-site areas to the impacted state(s) and the Coordinating Agency responsible for regulation and/or operation of the accident site."
United States Department of Energy, Federal Radiological Monitoring and Assessment Center: http://www.nv.doe.gov/nationalsecurity/homelandsecurity/frmac/default.htm