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Guide to operating public shelters in a radiation emergency
  • Published Date:
    February 2015
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Guide to operating public shelters in a radiation emergency
  • Corporate Authors:
    National Center for Environmental Health (U.S.). Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects. ; National Association of County & City Health Officials (U.S.) ;
  • Description:
    Preface -- 1. Introduction -- 2. Establishing the Shelter -- 3. Screening and Decontamination in the Shelter -- 4. Radiation Monitoring in the Shelter -- 5. Registration and Public Health Follow-up in the Shelter -- 6. Health Surveillance in the Shelter -- 7. Communicating Radiation Risk to Shelter Staff and Residents -- Appendix A: Example Floor Plan for a Radiation Shelter -- Appendix B: Contamination Screening Job Aids -- Appendix C: Contamination Assessment Form -- Appendix D: Decontamination Job Aids -- Appendix E: Example Questionnaire.

    The multiagency collaboration to produce this guide began with a 2010 workshop in Atlanta, Georgia, organized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). This workshop engaged mass care providers, radiation control officials, and public health personnel in a facilitated discussion to explore the unique challenges radiation emergencies pose for shelter operations.

    This 66-page document was developed to assist with planning and response efforts related to shelter operations in a radiation emergency. It provides information on the incident-specific considerations that shelter operators will need to take into account in a radiation emergency. Chapters provide information and guidance about screening for radioactive contamination, decontamination, radiation monitoring, registration, health surveillance, and communications.

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