Under existing regulations, the Federal Radiological Preparedness Coordinating Committee (FRPCC) is now composed of 20 federal departments, agencies and offices that work together to assure that the United States is safe from radiological incidents, involving nuclear or radioactive materials, including acts of terrorism.
The FRPCC is a national-level forum for the development and coordination of radiological prevention and preparedness policies and procedures. It also provides policy guidance for federal radiological incident management activities in support of state, tribal and local government radiological emergency planning and preparedness activities. The FRPCC is an interagency body consisting of the coordinating and cooperating agencies discussed in this Nuclear/Radiological Incident Annex, chaired by DHS/FEMA.
The FRPCC coordinates research-study efforts of its member agencies related to state, tribal and local government radiological emergency preparedness to ensure minimum duplication and maximum benefits to state, tribal and local governments. The FRPCC coordinates planning and validating requirements of each agency, reviewing integration requirements and incorporating agency-specific plans, procedures and equipment into the response system.
As part of their preparedness for nuclear/radiological emergencies, federal agencies participate in exercises to test and evaluate response plans.
The next Quarterly Meeting is scheduled for June 27, 2013. The location and agenda shall follow at a later date.
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This document provides communications guidance for domestic nuclear power plant (NPP) incidents, including sample text and suggested answers to anticipated public and media questions. This document also provides background information explaining roles and responsibilities across all levels of government during an NPP incident. While primarily created for federal leaders who will speak to the public, this document should also complement the routinely exercised communication materials used by state, local, and tribal officials.