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Radiological Emergency Preparedness

FEMA coordinates the national effort to provide state, local and tribal governments with relevant and executable radiological emergency preparedness planning, training, and exercise guidance. We also help set policies necessary to ensure that adequate capabilities exist to prevent, protect against, mitigate the effects of, respond to and recover from incidents involving commercial nuclear power plants.

Resources and Training

Disaster Initiated Review - Standard Operating Guide

Guidelines and procedures to conduct and document a FEMA-led Preliminary Capabilities Assessment and Disaster Initiated Review.

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REP Program Manual

Principal source of policy and guidance for the Radiological Emergency Program.

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FEMA trains responders on the latest techniques and tools to respond safely to hazards.

Schedule of Courses & Instructors

Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) National Public Information Map

Joint FEMA, State, Local, Territory and Tribal, Geospatial Information System Project. 

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Resource and Reference Library

Browse the full Technological Hazards library for all regulations, policy and guidance.

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About the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program

Nearly three million people live within 10 miles of an operating nuclear power plant. In 2019, there were 58 commercial nuclear power plants in 29 states producing approximately 20 percent of the nation’s power.

To help ensure that the health and safety of people living around commercial nuclear power plants would be adequately protected in the event of a nuclear power plant accident, FEMA established the Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) program, through which the agency:

  • Educates the residents in the neighboring communities about what they need to do to prepare for the possibility of a nuclear power plant accident, which would emit dangerous levels of radiation.
  • Coordinates the national effort to provide state, local, and tribal governments with planning, training, and exercise guidance and policies to increase their capability to prevent, protect against, mitigate the effects of, respond to, and recover from commercial nuclear power plant incidents.
  • Evaluates the emergency plans and level of preparedness of state, local and tribal governments, applicants and licensees to respond to a nuclear accident within the emergency planning zones surrounding, and outside and beyond the boundaries of, a nuclear power plant.

Federal Radiological Preparedness Coordinating Committee

The Federal Radiological Preparedness Coordinating Committee (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 (NRIA), chaired by DHS/FEMA.


Director Michael Casey
Technological Hazards Division; Chairperson Federal Radiological Preparedness Coordinating Committee (FRPCC)

Deputy Director Hampton Hart
Technological Hazards Division

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