Radiation Technical Assistance Making an Impact Locally

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"Radiation Technical Assistance
Making an Impact Locally"
Presenters Name
HPS Chapter Name
Challenge at Hand
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Who are you?
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What can You do for Me?
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Where have you been all these years?
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Why can we fit the needs of a
response organization?
Challenge at Hand-Success
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When can you talk about what you do?
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When IMMEDIATE DECISIONS are
needed, how can I contact you?
Old Bumper Sticker
WHEN THE EXPERTS PANICTHEY CALL THE FIRE DEPT.
Overview of First Responders
and First Receivers World
Emergency Responders
are Called 
When Normal Safeguards Have Failed
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When Deliberate Harm is Intended
– Terrorism
– Arson
– Revenge / Anger
– Loonies
Rapid Violent Event
Mass Confusion
 Lack of Information
 Psychological impact
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– Death
– Injury
Need for IMMEDIATE DECISIONS
 The Buck has stopped with YOU.
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People You Meet at the Scene
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Victims
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Responsible Parties
– Guilt
– Fear of Litigation
– Desire to Minimize or Conceal
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Other Responding Agencies
People You Meet at the Scene
People with Good Information
 People with Bad Information
 People with “Issues”
 The Problem is sorting them out
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How Do We Fit
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As Citizens of a Community
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As People that Understand the Issue
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After Gaining Trust
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As Subject Matter Experts
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Global View of the Phases
Experts Must Understand Their
Audiences Needs to be Effective
Quiz
•What is RAM?
– A.
– B.
– C.
– D.
– E.
Truck with a Hemi
Animal
Random Access Memory
Radioactive Material
Rapid Access Mass Decon
•YES……All of the Above
Planning Section
Good Spot for a HP Type
Certain Incidents or Events May
Require the use of Technical Specialists
who Have Specialized Knowledge and
Expertise
 Assigned Wherever Their Services are
Required
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Do You Understand Me
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Communication with Common
Language is KEY to Success
– NO Acronyms
– NO Codes
• Ten Four Big Buddy
Understand the Big Picture
 Quick - to the Point Solutions
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Ten Things Not to Say to a FR
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Sievert
 Gray
 Depth Dose Equivalent
 Let Me Think About That
 We Can’t Do That
 You Can’t Do That
 Committed Dose
 Effective Dose
 Be Gentle With The Equipment
 Discuss the Quantum Theory
Get to Know Your Local
Responders
Fire
 Police
 EMS
 Lower the Better
 Offer Training Assistance
 Get to Know Local/State Assets and
Response Organizations
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FEMA CERT Program
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Citizen’s Emergency Response Teams
– National Program
– Local Implementation
Prepares Communities to Respond
 Training is Local by Local
 Emergency and Non-Emergency
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FEMA CERT Program
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Benefits
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Better Understanding of Community
Potential Community Hazards
Understanding Develops Perspective
Improves Disaster Response
More Hands Make Lighter Work
Credentialing
http://training.fema.gov/emiweb/cert/dir.asp
State SERC / Local LEPC
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
– Emergency Planning and Community
Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA)
– Clean Air Act (CAA)
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SERC
– State Emergency Response Commissions
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LEPC
– Local Emergency Planning Committee
Local LEPC Members
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Local Emergency Planning Committee
– Appointed by the SERC
– Must Contain Representatives from:
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Local Officials
Local Public Safety
Local Public Health
Local Emergency Management
Local Hospitals
Community Groups
Facilities Subjected to EPCRA
Local LEPC Activities
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Develop Emergency Plans
– Community Specific
– Prepare for And Respond to Chemical
– Annual Review of Plan
– Exercise the Plan
Work with Facilities to Minimize Risk
 Inform Population of Chemical Risks
 http://www.rtknet.org/resources.php
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National HPS-HSC Activities
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Sub Committees
– First Response
– Medical Response
– Training
– Nuclear Weapons
– Dispersive Devices
– Cleanup
– Interdiction & Security
National HPS-HSC Activities
National HPS-HSC Activities
Develop Generic Presentations
 Work with Public Information Committee
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– https://hps.org/membersonly/committees/pic
/documents/
Update Web Page
 Upcoming and Developing Issues
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– Dispersive Devices
– Cleanup
– Interdiction & Security
National HPS-HSC Activities
Special Session at annual
 Develop products for local members
 Develop Overview of next generation of
NFPA and ASTM impacts
 Comment on CDC population monitoring
 Advertise the HPS in responder mags
 Responder Conferences
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Local Chapter Activities
Add items you are
doing
Add items you are
doing with responder
or that the chapter is
planning to do
Summary
Learn the Responder’s View of Incidents
 Get Integrated into Your Community
 Understand Your Audience’s Needs
– Fast Breaking Events…Fast Solutions
 Understand the Response Systems
 Learn the Systems
 Volunteer Your Expertise
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……There is Always a Solution……
Photo by Capt Cadd CA

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