The Department of Homeland Security’s National Urban Security Technology Laboratory (NUSTL) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have partnered to develop a support application for first responders in radiological situations.
The web-based tool is capable of providing information and guidance support for those working in a decontamination scenario. Users are able to customize available information according to specified tasks and priority indications.
“After we spoke to first responders and health physicists over the last few years, we learned that there are gaps in standardized gross decon (sic) guidance,” U.S. Public Health Service Captain John Cardarelli said. “With this application, we are trying to do two things: fill those gaps using existing information and then organize the information in a way that is convenient and easy to understand for those who need it.”
Information available through the app comes from multiple agencies that are knowledgeable regarding this response area.
A recent testing of the system took place. Response officials were invited to participate by the EPA and the Radiological and Nuclear Response Portfolio (RNRR). This test involved two mock scenarios involving a nuclear plant disaster and a mock suicide bomber.
The First Responder website indicates that the application is expected to be publicly available in the spring of 2016.