LLIS Best Practice -- Radiological Dispersal Device Incident Response Planning: Decontamination   [open pdf - 134KB]

"Mass screening and decontamination after an RDD [Radiological Dispersal Device] event is likely to be a time-consuming, resource-intensive process that could overwhelm many jurisdictions. Planners should establish standard operating procedures (SOP) that include large-scale monitoring and decontamination provisions after an RDD event. Public demand for screening and decontamination following an RDD event could exhaust local resources at the onset of emergency response operations. RDDs such as dirty bombs or other aerosolization systems could contaminate people at and around the primary incident site as well as along the path of the plume. Contaminated victims then could crosscontaminate other people, responders, and receivers. These people will require screening and possibly decontamination. In addition, many people outside the incident area may believe that they were contaminated and demand to be screened and decontaminated. Thus, public demand for screening and decontamination could become rapidly unmanageable and overwhelm emergency response organizations in many jurisdictions."

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