On December 7, 1979, following the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident in Pennsylvania, President Carter transferred the federal lead role in offsite radiological emergency planning and preparedness activities from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to FEMA.
FEMA established the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program to (1) ensure the health and safety of citizens living around commercial nuclear power plants would be adequately protected in the event of a nuclear power plant accident and (2) inform and educate the public about radiological emergency preparedness.
REP Program responsibilities encompass only “offsite” activities, that is, state, tribal and local government emergency planning and preparedness activities that take place beyond the nuclear power plant boundaries. Onsite activities continue to be the responsibility of the NRC.
For information and access to documents related to this topic go to Regulations.gov - Docket ID FEMA-2012-0026.
- 2013 REP Manual Posted to the Library Page.
- Hostile Action Based (HAB) Drills
- New Alert and Notification Systems Page
- Evaluation Process for No/Minimal Release Scenarios in Biennial Exercises
The REPP Document Library contains Regulation, Policy and Guidance for the REP Program, inluding the recently updated REP Program Manual (RPM), Frequently Asked Questions and additional support documents. As soon as older documents are converted to digital versions and meet 508 Compliance standards, we will post them to our document library for public access.
- Technological Hazards Division Contact List
- Nuclear/Radiological Incident Annex
- Nuclear Reactor Sites (NRC.gov)
- Hostile Action Drills (LLIS.gov)