LLIS Best Practice: Radiological Dispersal Device Incident Response Planning: Long-Term Management   [open pdf - 116KB]

"Emergency response organizations need to plan for long-term management activities following an RDD [Radiological Dispersal Device] incident. An RDD could contaminate several city blocks as a result of atmospheric dispersion of the radioactive material. Experts expect the radioactive material to disperse in a non-uniform manner due to the complexity of urban architecture. Wind patterns could carry the contamination in unpredictable directions, leaving uneven deposition areas with numerous hot spots. As a result, decontamination after an RDD incident is likely to be a long and costly process. Decontamination activities could be technically challenging, require a considerable amount of resources, and involve multiple agencies. Plans should include provisions for site decontamination and long-term monitoring of the public, the environment, and the water and food supplies after an RDD incident. Pre-planning for appropriate cleanup levels can be critical to cleanup and site restoration activities. The extent of an RDD's social and economic damage may depend largely on how quickly and effectively cleanup levels are established and on public acceptance of those levels. This Best Practice provides information concerning pre-planning principles for longterm management activities after an RDD incident"

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