This companion handbook does not attempt to address all situations that may be

This companion handbook does not attempt to address

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This companion handbook does not attempt to address all situations that may be encountered by responders following the explosion of an RDD. However, many of the concepts introduced here can be applied to a variety of radiation incidents, and do not apply exclusively to dirty bombs. This handbook expands on the activities and concepts defined in the RDD pocket guide and provides state-specific radiation control program contact information. It does not replace the valuable technical information that can be obtained by contacting your local/state radiation control program. Law enforcement and local/state radiation control staffs play a key role in the response to an RDD event. This handbook does not include descriptions of Incident Command or law enforcement activities since those are detailed elsewhere and are part of existing responder training. The authors recognize that this is a living document, and therefore advise the users to check periodically for updates on specific information for their state.
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1 INTRODUCTION A radiological dispersal device (RDD) or dirty bomb is a mix of explosives, such as dynamite, with radioactive powder or pellets. When the dynamite or other explosives are set off, the blast carries radioactive material into the surrounding area . Plans to deal with radiological incidents at the state and local level are at various stages of development. Representatives from jurisdictions that have not yet participated in national exercises or nuclear power plant exercises may lack critical information necessary for plan development, such as a basic flow chart of actions and a list of contact numbers. The CRCPD has created this Handbook for Responding to a Radiological Dispersal Device First Responder's Guide as a training and reference tool to be used by state and local response officials in the event of a radiological incident. It is intended for use by responders (Fire, EMS, Police, HAZMAT), although the first receivers (EMS/EMT, medical staff at hospitals or other clinical settings) may also elect to use it as a guide when preparing to respond to an RDD event. To the greatest extent possible, the information has been kept simple and concise, and references for additional information have been provided. The types of activities described in this document are presented as guidelines that could be modified depending on the specific incident. We strongly recommend that the users of this handbook become familiar with the handbook and the radiation guidelines specific to their state or local radiation program. Furthermore, readers are encouraged to contact their local/state radiation program official to obtain additional details on the information presented in these sections. This handbook identifies generic tasks, gives basic initial guidance, and provides local responders with contact information for national, regional, and state agencies that can provide assistance during an event. More specifically, information in this handbook includes:
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  • Fall '19
  • Radioactive Decay, Radiation, Ionizing radiation, Radiation poisoning, gamma radiation, Conference of Radiation Control Program

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