Radiological Dispersal Device (RDD) Response Guidance: Planning for the First 100 Minutes [open pdf - 3MB]
"This Science-based Response Planning Guidance for the First 100 Minutes of the Response to a Radiological Dispersal Device Detonation (Planning Guidance) delineates Missions and Tactics that should be executed by first responders and local response agencies in the first 100 minutes of a response to an outdoor explosive radiological dispersal device (RDD) detonation, based on realistic estimates of the possible consequences. It includes recommendations for equipment requirements, including personal protective equipment (PPE), and public messaging. The first 100 minutes of a response to an RDD detonation are critical as this period sets the stage for how the overall response will be executed. First responders will be tasked with multiple activities, such as confirming a radiological release, conducting lifesaving rescue operations, issuing protective actions, and characterizing the scene. These activities must take place within the first few minutes of responders arriving on scene and the effectiveness and coordination of these early actions will define how well or how poorly the response will go in the emergency phase and beyond, as other state and federal assets and specialized teams arrive on scene to support the response. This document provides actionable guidance, sample text for an RDD response protocol, and annexed tools that can be used for local planning of an effective response to an RDD to protect first responders and the general public, and establish interagency coordination and integration of state and federal assets."
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