Preparation of the Population and the Healthcare System for Action in Cases of Radiation Accidents and Nuclear Terrorism
Publication Type:Journal Article
Source:Information & Security: An International Journal, Volume 24, p.107-114 (2009)
Keywords:emergency planning and response, Nuclear emergency, protection of the population, specialised emergency teams, training
Analysis of performed rescue operations during previous nuclear and radiation accidents highlights several problems impacting the quality of emergency response: unsatisfactory preparation of the population and the medical profession for action in extreme circumstances; presence, along with pure radiation damage, of varied spectrum of psychological side effects. According to the authors, in order to reduce the health risk for the affected people, preliminary preparation and training is required. This publication presents a training concept, together with related levels and means of realization.