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Planning Guidance

  • Federal Planning Guidance for Response to a Nuclear Detonation, 2nd Edition (PDF
  • National Planning Scenarios (PDF) 
  • Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information (TRACIE) Radiation/Nuclear Topic Area LINK
    • A large-scale radiological release or nuclear detonation incident could result in a significant surge of patients, including those who may not have actually been exposed, but seek medical attention anyway. Power plant incidents, radiation dispersion devices, and improvised nuclear device detonations result in very different injury/exposure patterns and response planning will need to account for each of these. Patients exposed to radiation may simply be “irradiated” or can be “contaminated” if internal or external radioactive material is present. The resources in this Topic Collection include toolkits, reference guides, plan guidance documents, modeling and simulation reports, and manuals that may help first responders and first receivers assess, triage, and treat casualties of radiological and nuclear emergencies. (ASPR TRACIE Radiological and Nuclear Topic Collection, https://asprtracie.hhs.gov/technical-resources/32/radiological-and-nuclear/27). 
  • Mass Medical Care With Scarce Resources:The Essentials (PDF)
    A resource for planners to prepare for public health emergencies when demand for medical resources outweighs supply. (HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response)
  • Key Response Planning Factors for the Aftermath of Nuclear Terrorism (PDF)
  • Improvised Nuclear Device Response and Recovery: Communicating in the Immediate Aftermath, June 2013 (PDF)
  • DHS Nuclear/Radiological Incident Annex to the Response and Recovery Federal Interagency Operational Plans (PDF
  • Communicating During and After a Nuclear Power Plant Incident, June 2013 (PDF)
  • Department of Health and Human Services - Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response National Radiological Disaster Response Playbook  
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