Emergency Contacts: Notify Appropriate Authorities

  • First responders will initiate notification of appropriate authorities, within the chain of command.
  • The location, scope, and type of radiation emergency will dictate how the notification proceeds.
  • Radiation emergency contact information is provided below, along with lists that may be customized.

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Federal Emergency Contacts
Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute (AFRRI), Bethesda, MD

      Office of the Director

(301) 295-1210

      Military Medical Operations

(301) 295-2950

      Emergency (24 hours)

(301) 295-0530
Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS), Oak Ridge, TN

      Emergency: DOE/Oak Ridge Office

(ask for REAC/TS)
This is also the after hours number

      At other times

(between 8:30-4:30 CST)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, GA
       General contact
(800) 232-4636
       Emergency Response
(800) 232-4636
Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
       General contact
(800) 368-5642
(301) 816-5100 (24-hr)
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
       General contact
(800) 621-FEMA (3362)
(800) 462-7585 (TTY)
       Local FEMA offices
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
       Report an emergency
(866) 300-4374 (24-hr)
Advisory Team for Environment, Food, and Health (EPA, USDA, CDC, FDA)
       More information about the Advisory Team
(866) 300-4347
Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration's Radiological Assistance Program (RAP)
       Headquarters, Washington, DC
(202) 586-8100 (24-hr)
       RAP regions and phone numbers
(202) 586-8100 (24-hr)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
       National Response Center
       Regional offices
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
       Headquarters, Washington, DC
       Local field offices

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State/Local Emergency Contacts
Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD)
       State phone number
Department of Energy, Transportation Emergency Preparedness Program (DOE/TEPP)
       24 hour state contacts
Your Law Enforcement, Fire, Hazmat
       Local police
       County police
       State police
       Fire department
Your Emergency Management Operations Center
Your Health Department
*Insert your local information in the empty cells in the table.

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Hospital Contacts: on call personnel
Hospital administrator
Medical officer
Nursing Supervisor
Emergency Department Medical Officer
Emergency Department Nursing Officer
Medical Director
Security Officer
Radiation Safety Officer
Medical/Radiation Oncologist
Nuclear Medicine

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  1. National Response Plan, Nuclear/Radiological Incident Annex (PDF - 230 KB) (DHS, June 2008)
  2. Resources for nuclear and radiation disaster response (PDF - 143 KB) (Health Physics Society/Nuclear News, September 2006)
  3. Hospital Incident Command System