Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program

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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.

NUREG-06544/FEMA-REP-1 Revision


Public Participation Welcome at U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Meeting

The NRC is hosting a joint public meeting with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to discuss preliminary draft changes to NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, “Criteria for Preparation and Evaluation of Radiological Emergency Response Plans and Preparedness in Support of Nuclear Power Plants.”  This document integrates nearly 35 years of lessons learned within the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program (REPP) and consolidates and clarifies previous guidance.  NUREG 0654/FEMA-REP-1 is consistent with NRC and FEMA regulations.  The discussion will focus on Section I, the Introduction, and stakeholder feedback specific to this section.  A general overview and discussion of changes to Section II based on previous stakeholder feedback on this section will also be conducted.

The meeting will be held at the NRC’s office in Rockville, Maryland, on Wednesday, June 25, from 12:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. EDT.  Members of NRC’s Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response, FEMA staff, other organizational participants, and representatives from external stakeholder groups will be in attendance.  Public participation is strongly encouraged, as this meeting will be specifically tailored for the public to comment and ask questions throughout the meeting.  Interested members of the public who are unable to attend the meeting may participate via web conference or dial-in via a toll-free teleconference.  Please e-mail by June 18 for web conference or teleconference registration and instructions.   The document can be accessed at Docket ID: FEMA-2012-0026.

For information and access to documents for this topic go to - Docket ID FEMA-2012-0026.

Latest Updates

  1. 2013 REP Manual Posted to the Library Page.
  2. FAQ Update May 2014
  3. Hostile Action Based (HAB) Drills
  4. New Alert and Notification Systems Page
  5. 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.  


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Last Updated: 
06/19/2014 - 14:22
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