NNSA recently participated in the inaugural Nationwide RadResponder Drill conducted by the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors. The drill involved more than 200 participants from 38 states, including NNSA’s Consequence Management Home Team and Radiological Assistance Program responders from six of the nine DOE regions. More than 21,000 environmental radiation measurements were collected and validated during this one-day drill .
The RadResponder Network is a mobile, cloud-based radiation data collection system that provides federal and state, local, tribal, and territorial response teams and leadership with a standardized service for managing, organizing, analyzing, and mapping radiation data. The Network is built on the experiences and lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi reactor emergency that revealed the need for a coordinated effort across all levels of government when responding to a catastrophic incident. This capability uses data management technology initially developed by NNSA and subsequently extended to state and local responders by FEMA. One of the goals of the drill was to help fully and quickly engage the state and local trained radiation specialists. The ability to collect more timely information for incident commanders is essential to not only save lives and stabilize a radiological event, but also to make better use of support resources.
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During the drill, participants collected 21,835, radiation measurements, 200 field samples, and recorded 132 observations. During the drill, measurements were collected using handheld meters, stationary monitoring systems, and soil and water samples.