AbstractThe goal of this After Action report is to utilize feedback from the pilot participants to improve the guidance for responding to radiological dispersal device (RDD) events, which can include deliberate acts to release radioactive materials into the environment using explosives or other means or accidental releases (e.g., release from a medical isotope source). This longer-term recovery guidance is an extension of the initial response guidance that was released in a 2017 interagency report called RDD Response Guidance: Planning for the First 100 Minutes. Recovery teams reviewed the longer-term recovery guidance during pilot sessions that were held in Harris County, Texas (March 8-10, 2022) and Seattle, Washington (May 2-3, 2022). The pilot teams reviewed the RDD Recovery Guidance Presentation, which contains a summary of the more detailed RDD Recovery Guidance draft document. The feedback from both pilots was grouped and binned into unique themes (e.g., “checkpoint challenges”) that align with the recovery missions and tactics that they reviewed. PNNL authors of the recovery guidance then prepared responses that describe how they recommend addressing the feedback for each theme. The responses typically included recommendation plans for improving the guidance document, but also described when no changes are needed because the guidance already contains the suggested improvement. These pilot recommendations will be brought to the interagency team to finalize plans for updating and improving recovery guidance materials.
Published: September 28, 2023