Public Health Officers
- Public health activities for planning and response to a radiation incident will vary with
- Nature, severity, cause, and location of the radiation incident
- Agency responding
- Expertise and staffing levels of the responders
- Needs of the population
- Phase of the incident timeline, i.e. different activities during early, intermediate, late phase (recovery, cleanup)
- Selected references
- Approach to Optimizing Decision Making for Late-Phase Recovery from Nuclear or Radiological Terrorism Incidents, SC 5-1 (NCRP draft in progress), Bethesda, MD.
- Population Monitoring and Radionuclide Decorporation Following a Radiological or Nuclear Incident, (NCRP Report No. 166), Bethesda, MD, 2011.
- Responding to a Radiological or Nuclear Terrorism Incident: A Guide for Decision Makers (NCRP Report No. 165), Bethesda, MD, 2010.
- Key elements of preparing emergency responders for nuclear and radiological terrorism (NCRP Commentary No. 19), Bethesda, MD, December 2005. Purchase required; see Free overview (PDF - 219 KB)
- Advising the public about radiation emergencies (NCRP Commentary No. 10), National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, Bethesda, MD, 1994. (PDF - 1.8 MB)
- Engaging the Public in Critical Disaster Planning and Decision Making. (Institute of Medicine, August 23, 2013)
- Local Public Health Preparedness for Radiological and Nuclear Incidents (PDF - 2.58 MB) (HHS/OIG, Jan 2012) - A study assessing potential shortfalls in state and local preparedness.
- Public Health Preparedness and Response to Chemical and Radiological Incidents: Functions, Practices, and Areas for Future work, LaTourette T, Davis LE, Howell DR, Sama PR, Dausey DJ, (PDF - 2.15 MB) (Prepared for the Department of Health and Human Services by RAND Health, 2009)
- Assessing Medical Preparedness to Respond to a Terrorist Nuclear Event: Workshop Report (Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, 2009)
- Barnett DJ, Parker CL, Blodgett DW, Wierba RK, Links JM. Understanding radiologic and nuclear terrorism as public health threats: preparedness and response perspectives. J Nucl Med. 2006 Oct;47(10):1653-61. [PubMed Citation]