LLIS Best Practice: Radiological Dispersal Device Incident Response Planning: Psychological Management   [open pdf - 120KB]

"Experts believe that an RDD [Radiological Dispersal Device] event may have a significant psychological impact on victims, emergency responders, and the public, even if the overall number of killed and injured individuals is small. An RDD incident could trigger mass anxiety and strain or could overwhelm a jurisdiction's critical services. However, many jurisdictions may not be prepared to address the individual and collective psychological and behavioral responses to acts of unconventional terrorism, especially those involving RDDs. Public officials and emergency response personnel must be cognizant of the unique psychological and social factors likely to influence the public's response to an RDD incident. This understanding is essential to help jurisdictions effectively manage acts of terrorism involving the release of radioactive materials. This document describes the fundamental issues and procedures that jurisdictions should consider when pre-planning for the psychological management of RDD victims, emergency responders, and the public[.]"

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