Radiation and nuclear preparedness continues to be a challenge for local health departments (LHDs) because of the lack of evidence-based data and conflicting opinions on how best to prepare for such emergencies. The aim of NACCHO's radiological and nuclear preparedness initiatives is to improve the capacity and capability of LHDs by to prepare for, respond to, and recover from radiation or nuclear disasters by sharing resources and tools, disseminating promising practices, and providing education and training.
Japan Earthquake and Radiation Incident
In response to the devastating earthquake and radiation incident in Japan, NACCHO has organized environmental and preparedness-related tools and resources for the public health professional seeking information in relation to the radiation incident. More »
Special Report: The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) conducted a Web-based survey and distributed it to state epidemiologists nationwide to reassess the national status related to radiation public health emergency preparedness capabilities at the state and local health department levels. The report features results of this assessment. More »
NACCHO surveyed attendees of the March 2011 CDC-sponsored “Bridging the Gaps: Public Health and Radiation Emergency Preparedness” conference to determine what progress has been made in improving radiation emergency preparedness and where gaps still exist one year later. This report details the findings of that survey and discusses them in the context of larger national initiatives related to preparedness. More »