The Naval Postgraduate School & The U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Homeland Security Council Planning Guidance for a Nuclear Detonation

Planning Guidance for Response to a Nuclear Detonation: First Edition The Homeland Security Council has just published the first edition of its planning guidance for responding to a nuclear detonation in the United States. "The purpose of this guidance is to provide emergency planners with nuclear detonation-specific response recommendations to maximize the preservation of life in the event of an urban nuclear detonation. This guidance addresses the unique effects and impacts of a nuclear detonation such as scale of destruction, shelter and evacuation strategies, unparalleled medical demands, management of nuclear casualties, and radiation dose management concepts. The guidance is aimed at response activities in an environment with a severely compromised infrastructure for the first few days when it is likely that many Federal resources will still be en route to the incident. The target audiences for the guidance are response planners and their leadership. Emergency responders should also benefit in understanding and applying this guidance."