The Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Office webpage has been updated to reflect realignment of the CBRN Office to Office of Emerging Threats (OET). All preexisting CBRN tools, products, and documents will remain available under the OET banner.
FEMA has developed and sponsored a standardized suite of response capabilities for federal, state, local, tribal and territorial emergency responders and planners to rapidly and effectively minimize loss of life, protect the environment and maintain the economy.
National Common Operating Platform for Responding to CBRN Hazards
The CBRNResponder Network is a single, secure platform for all chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) incident data-sharing and multi-hazard event management, integrating multiple federal assets and national-level policy guidance.
CBRNResponder includes ChemResponder for chemical incidents, RadResponder for radiological/nuclear incidents, and BioResponder for biological incidents.
With RadResponder and ChemResponder, more than 1,500 organizations nationwide can view a common event space and robustly prepare for and respond to radiological or chemical threats.
Key Planning Factors and Considerations for Response to and Recovery from a...
Key planning documents help local and state planners identify key planning factors (KPF) that could substantially aid the recovery process by decreasing recovery timeline and costs, improving public health and safety and addressing major resource limitations and critical decisions.
Interactive Web Tools
Available to planners via the Department of Energy's CMweb portal, the Improvised Nuclear Device City Planner Resource (iCPR) and Chemical City Planner Resource (chemCPR) are currently in beta testing, A Biological CPR is in development.
- Animations, maps, movies and editable reports
- Multiple scenarios for 60 U.S. cities
- Resource planning
- Animated fallout effects
- Maps for evacuation and shelter planning
- Interactive GIS display
Regional Emerging Threat Coordinators
FEMA's Regional Office of Emerging Threats (OET) Coordinators operate out of each of FEMA’s 10 FEMA regional offices and serve as a point of contact for OET preparedness and incident response activities for all stakeholders and partners.
Send us an email to identify and reach your local Regional OET Coordinators.
Fact Sheet: Regional OET Coordinator
You can also request the support of a Radiological Operations Support Specialist (ROSS), which are subject matter experts trained to assist emergency managers and first responders in dealing with the unique challenges presented in an IND incident or other large radiological emergencies using the Incident Command System structure.
Similar support is being developed for chemical and biological incidents.
Send us an email to require the ROSS be deployed as a single asset or strike team, depending on the need.
Fact Sheet: Radiological Operations Support Specialist
Additional FEMA Resources
National Response Framework
The CBRN Annexes to the National Response Framework provide guidance and serve as a reference for federal agency planning efforts.
- Oil/Chemical Incident Annex
- Biological Incident Annex
- Nuclear/Radiological Incident Annex
- Incident Annex for Adversarial Threats
Technological Hazards Resource and Reference Library
View the Technological Hazards library for related reports, regulation, policy and guidance documents.
The Hazardous Materials Lifeline is part of the Community Lifelines Toolkit developed by FEMA to increase effectiveness in disaster operations and better respond to catastrophic incidents.
About Our Team
Visit the Office of Emerging Threats organizational page to learn about the team's mission and operations.