Preparing for a Nuclear Incident: A Decision Makers Guide

Preparing for a Nuclear Incident: A Decision Makers Guide

Seven years ago, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster highlighted the importance of rapid, informed decision making in the minutes, hours, and days following a nuclear event. The newly released Decision Maker’s Guide: Medical Planning and Response for a Nuclear Detonation provides tools to help senior emergency managers and public health advisors focus on critical issues, integrate large amounts of complex information, and improve emergency medical response following a radiological or nuclear incident. Learn more >>>

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was damaged in an earthquake in March 2011.

Be Ready to Respond to a Chemical Incident

Last week, a truck carrying 4,400 gallons of hydrochloric acid collided with a train in Centerville, PA. Emergency responders acted quickly to protect people in the area.  Chemical incidents like this one remind us how important it is for emergency responders and health care professionals to be prepared to protect health when seconds count. Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management – CHEMM – provides resources and recommendations for determining what to do in the first minutes after an accident, how to effectively manage patients, and more.
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Seconds count during a chemical incident.
Seconds count during a chemical incident.

Protecting First Responders

From hazardous material incidents to natural disasters, emergency responders put their lives at risk to protect others when seconds count. Resources in ASPR TRACIE’s Responder Safety & Health Topic Collection focus on implementing safety strategies and promoting behavioral health to protect first responders. Learn more >>>

First responders put their lives at risk to protect others.
Responder organizations must plan to protect their first responders from physical and mental harm. 

Mitigating Workplace Violence

Healthcare providers are four times more likely to experience violence in the workplace compared to other industries. New resources from ASPR TRACIE’s Workplace Violence Topic Collection can help hospital administrators address this growing problem and create a culture of safety.
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Maintaining open lines of communications is important for preventing workplace violence.
Maintaining open lines of communication is important for preventing workplace violence.

Constructing Alternate Care Sites Post-Disaster

When a hospital is damaged during a disaster, healthcare facility planners and builders may need to erect Alternate Care Sites – temporary, hard-sided facilities where providers can safely care for injured or sick patients. ASPR TRACIE’s Alternate Care Sites Topic Collection provide floorplans and other resources to help hospitals prepare.
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Mercy Hospital Joplin was destroyed by a tornado in 2011.
Mercy Hospital Joplin, in Joplin, Missouri, was devastated during a 2011 tornado.