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Planning Guidance for Response to a Nuclear Detonation

Planning Guidance for Response to a Nuclear Detonation

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American American Red Cross
This guidance was developed by a Federal interagency committee led by the Executive Office of the President (National Security Staff and Office of Science and Technology Policy) with representatives from the Departments of Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security (DHS), Labor, Transportation, Veteran’s Affairs, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
American American Red Cross
This guidance was developed by a Federal interagency committee led by the Executive Office of the President (National Security Staff and Office of Science and Technology Policy) with representatives from the Departments of Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security (DHS), Labor, Transportation, Veteran’s Affairs, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

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 This guidance was developed by a Federal interagency committee led by the ExecutiveOffice of the President (National Security Staff and Office of Science and TechnologyPolicy) with representatives from the Departments of Defense, Energy, Health and HumanServices, Homeland Security (DHS), Labor, Transportation, Veteran’s Affairs, theEnvironmental Protection Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, andthe Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Future editions and interagency coordination related toPlanning Guidance for Response to a Nuclear Detonation will be coordinated by DHS,Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).Please refer comments and questions to the FEMA IND Response and Recovery ProgramOffice (www.fema.gov/CBRNE).
 
 
FOREWORD FOR SECOND EDITION
The First Edition Planning Guidance focused on topics relevant to emergency planningwithin the first few days of a nuclear detonation including: 1) shelter and evacuation, 2)medical care, and 3) population monitoring and decontamination. There are a few notablechanges in the Second Edition that are worth calling out in this foreword. The Second Editionwill integrate new contributions seamlessly without making references to the differences between the First Edition and Second Edition.The First Edition planning guidance summarized recommendations based on what wasknown about the consequences of a nuclear detonation in an urban environment extrapolatingfrom the experience base of nuclear weapons testing. It provided recommendations based onexisting knowledge and existing techniques. The Federal government immediately initiatedongoing studies that have provided more robust and comprehensive recommendations. Somerecommendations in this Second Edition planning guidance are updated or expanded tocapture recommendations that have been drawn from these studies. Most notably, a chapter has been added to address public preparedness and emergency public communications.To provide planners the opportunity to think beyond the 10 KT nuclear yield as found in National Planning Scenario #1, the Second Edition provides additional information inChapter 1 showing ranges of nuclear yield. Chapter 1 is updated with graphics that have been produced from assessment of nuclear explosion urban impacts conducted since January of 2009. You will notice some improvements in graphics and expected numerical predictions(e.g., distances, overpressures) associated with various effects and impacts. In Chapter 2,worker safety and health recommendations are briefly expanded relative to the First Edition;however, more extensive guidance is being developed by the Occupational Safety and HealthAdministration (OSHA) and should be anticipated within a year of publication of this secondedition. It will be added to the FEMA website where this planning guidance will bemaintained (www.fema.gov/CBRNE). Other expanded work in this present edition that isrelevant to the first 72 hours of response includes: expanded zone management concepts(Chapter 1); selection of radiation detection systems (Chapter 2); response worker safetystrategies and responder health-benefit concepts (Chapter 2); urban search and rescueguidance (Chapter 2), decontamination of critical infrastructure information (Chapter 2);waste management operation concepts (Chapter 2); expanded shelter, shelter transition, andevacuation planning guidance (Chapter 3); medical care scarce resource situationconsiderations (Chapter 4); behavioral healthcare guidance (Chapter 4), expanded fatalitymanagement recommendations (Chapter 4), self-decontamination guidance (Chapter 5); and pre-incident public education, including emergency public information (Chapter 6).

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