NNSA Assists with the Creation of New Emergency Operations Center in Mexico City

Press Release
Oct 4, 2011

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – Officials from the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), the U.S. Embassy Mexico City and the Mexican National Commission for Nuclear Safety and Security (CNSNS) today dedicated a new emergency operations center in Mexico City. The emergency operations center will provide advanced communication technology to promote enhanced cooperation between the Government of Mexico and US agencies to detect and prevent nuclear or radiological emergencies.

“NNSA is pleased to officially open the new emergency response center with our partners in Mexico,” said NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations Joseph Krol. “This modern facility will help Mexico respond quickly and accurately to any nuclear or radiation emergency in the country. The new technology will allow us to work cooperatively and in real time with our Mexican counterparts in the event of an emergency.”
   
NNSA’s Office of Emergency Operations joined the U.S. Embassy Mexico City and CNSNS Director General Juan Eibenschutz in opening the CNSNS Emergency Center, which is capable of simultaneous voice, data and video display with various sectors of the Mexican nuclear emergency response system, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and NNSA’s emergency operations center in Washington, D.C. In addition to providing new technology, NNSA and the U.S. Embassy Mexico City provided training to CNSNS.

The efforts by NNSA in equipping and setting up the new emergency center provide CNSNS with enhanced detection capabilities for an elevated response to any nuclear or radiological incident or emergency in Mexico and surrounding Central American countries.

This project is a part of NNSA’s commitment in assisting the international community. NNSA 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. 

For additional information see: NNSA’s Office of Emergency Operations

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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 in the nation’s national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the 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.