ABSTRACT

Health and Safety Planning Guide for Planners, Safety Officers, and Supervisors for Protecting Responders Following a Nuclear Detonation   [open pdf - 1MB]

"The purpose of this guide is to provide response planners, safety officers, and supervisors with specific guidance and recommendations to protect responders from the effects and impacts of a 10 kiloton (KT) improvised nuclear device (IND) within the first 72 hours of a detonation. An IND is an illicit nuclear weapon bought, stolen, or otherwise originating from a nuclear State, or a weapon fabricated by a terrorist group from illegally obtained fissile nuclear weapons material that produces a nuclear explosion. While there are similarities to the detonation of a Radiological Dispersal Device (RDD or 'dirty bomb'), this Guide is specifically designed to protect responders in an IND scenario. There are likely to be tens or hundreds of thousands of casualties with serious traumatic injuries including severe burns, blindness, deafness, amputations, other blast injuries, radiation sickness, etc. Responders will face the prospect of being overwhelmed by the public need and its concerns. Responders to an IND event need to be prepared to face a scene that is unlike any other they may have encountered, and some of this guidance will be counter-intuitive to those trained in emergency response. However, it is critical that responders utilize the principles in this Guide to remain as safe and healthy as possible, not only for their own safety, but also to remain available for the ongoing mission of saving lives."

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Date:
2016-12
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Public Domain
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InterAgency Board: http://www.interagencyboard.org/
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pdf
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