WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced the successful completion of an international emergency response exercise in The Bahamas.
NNSA’s Office of Emergency Operations partnered with the U.S. Departments of State and Homeland Security and the Government of The Bahamas for this two day exercise, which simulated the response to a detection of radiological material that could be used to make a “dirty bomb.”
“The exercise was critical in strengthening the capabilities of our international partners to respond effectively to the detection of nuclear or radiological materials,” said NNSA’s Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations Joseph Krol. “NNSA’s response capabilities highlight our efforts to leverage NNSA’s resources to support our international partners while implementing President Obama’s nuclear security agenda.”
The overall objective of the exercise was to enhance protocols for radiological material detection, packaging and disposal in The Bahamas. The first phase focused on communications, notification procedures and the arrival of a NNSA response team. The second phase focused on the deployment of the emergency response team to the Freeport Container Port to identify, remove and package the detected radiological material.
The exercise demonstrated that The Bahamas are better positioned to respond in the future, should there be a discovery of nuclear or radiological materials.
NNSA’s Office of Emergency Operations currently collaborates with more than 80 foreign governments and 10 international organizations with projects ranging from providing assistance to foreign governments in improving their emergency preparedness and response programs, to joint collaborative activities to improve emergency management infrastructure worldwide.
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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; works to reduce global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.