FEMA Updates its Nuclear Detonation Response Guidance: Planning for the First 72 Hours

If a nuclear detonation happened today, first responders would immediately respond to save lives. Yet even with the best of plans, response assets and resources would likely be overwhelmed due to the scale and complexity of the incident.

The 72-Hour Nuclear Response Guidance uses the first 72-hour time frame as a notional target to help planners focus their efforts on developing actionable strategies that would have the greatest impact on lifesaving efforts, which should be the primary focus during the first few days after a nuclear detonation.

The guidance delineates missions and tactics that should be executed by first responders, emergency managers, and other state, local, tribal and territorial response organizations following a nuclear detonation in or near their jurisdiction. The document includes guidance on pre-detonation tactics and how to:

·         Protect the lives of first responders and the public.

·         Develop a common operating picture.

·         Establish a coordinated multi-jurisdictional response.

·         Prepare for the integration of support arriving from other jurisdictions, states and federal agencies across the country.

Visit 72-Hour Nuclear Response Guidance for the complete guide. For additional information, including the agency’s chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear response capabilities, visit Tools for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Hazards | FEMA.gov.

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