FEMA Seeks Public Comment on Response/Recovery Guidance for Radiological Dispersal Device (RDD) Incidents

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FEMA is seeking public feedback on Responding and Recovering from Radiological Dispersal Device (RDD) Incidents Guidance.

Date: September 29, 2023 - October 15, 2023

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FEMA is seeking feedback from State, Local, Tribal and Territorial (SLTT) stakeholders and the general public on a new guidance document Responding and Recovering from Radiological Dispersal Device (RDD) Incidents. Public comments can be submitted via the comment box above or FEMA-OET@fema.dhs.gov through October 15th, 2023.

About This Publication

This RDD Response and Recovery Guidance, developed in collaboration with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Urban Security Technology Laboratory (NUSTL), provides the framework needed to plan for the sustained response to and recovery from an explosive RDD incident occurring anywhere within the United States, its territories or in tribal nations.

This guidance is intended as a starting point to enable emergency planners, responders, and jurisdictional leaders to identify, prioritize and implement response and recovery strategies tailored to specific RDD scenarios they may face. It is also intended to help emergency planners and leaders formulate timely, effective and equitable decisions in the face of incomplete data and high levels of uncertainty, as is often the case in the early phases of an incident involving radiological materials and concurrent emergency response and law enforcement investigative operations. 

It also can serve as both a starting point for RDD incident response and recovery planning, or as a resource to update existing jurisdictional and/or agency specific RDD incident response and recovery plans.

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