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Radiation Preparedness

NACCHO's radiological and nuclear preparedness initiatives aim to improve the capacity and capability of local health departments to prepare for, respond to, and recover from radiation or nuclear disasters by sharing resources and tools, disseminating promising practices, and providing education and training.

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Radiation Preparedness Accepting Applications for Travel Scholarships until January 8th!

Through support from the Radiation Injury Treatment Network (RITN), NACCHO is accepting applications for travel scholarships to attend the 2016 Preparedness Summit in Dallas, TX from April 19-22, 2016. The travel scholarship is intended for public health, emergency management, and other related professionals with experience in radiological/nuclear response and recovery and an interest in connecting with local public health officials to promote best practices in radiation emergency preparedness. A total of six scholarships will be awarded.


Please download and review all documents carefully before submitting an application via email to

RFA and Application

Download a copy of the Request for Applications (PDF)

Download a copy of the Application (Word Doc)

Applications are due on Friday, January 8th by 11:59 PM ET.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidance Report

CDC has released a guidance document for state and local public health planners for population monitoring during a radiation emergency. This guidance document focuses on the significant effort required to identify, screen, measure, and monitor populations (people and their pets) for exposure to radiation or contamination from radioactive materials. The guide also presents the concept of establishing community reception centers (CRCs) to provide contamination screening and decontamination services to people displaced by a large-scale radiation incident. CRCs will be established to assess people for exposure, contamination—and the need for decontamination—and to register people for follow-up monitoring, medical assessment, or medical management if necessary. CDC has developed a number of training and planning tools and resources specifically related to population monitoring and CRC operations.

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Resources and Tools

There are numerous resources and tools to assist in local health department radiation planning and response. These resources and tools can be accessed from the following websites: CDC's Radiation Emergencies Resource Library, FEMA's Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program, EPA's Radiation Protection Program, United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and National Library of Medicine's Radiation Emergency Medical Management.   More »