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Information for local health departments

This page provides links to guidance for local public health departments in planning for the unlikely event of a nuclear blast such as the detonation of an Improvised Nuclear Device (IND). Resources are provided below that will assist a local health department in planning for the response to and recovery from an IND incident. 


Listed below are links to useful guidance and tools for public health emergency planners:

Click here for the CDPH Nuclear Detonation Operational Plan

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website with information on community reception centers for the screening and decontamination of radiological emergency victims

Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) website with information for healthcare providers and public health professionals

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Nuclear Radiological Incident and Exercise Planner website; please note that site registration is required to view content

FEMA Improvised Nuclear Device Response and Recovery: Communicating in the Immediate Aftermath

National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) website offers a template for a  local radiological response plan

Rad Responder is an on-line information management system and smart phone application that helps manage radiological data during an emergency


Below is a link to a recording of the January 2014 California Department of Public Health, Radiologic Health Branch "A Nuclear Detonation Science Symposium: Public Health Impacts of Radiological and Nuclear Terrorism"   

Radiological and Nuclear Terrorism (External Video Link)


For more information, please contact the CDPH Radiologic Health Branch ​​

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