Radiation Emergency Training, Education, and Tools

  • Success Stories in Radiation Emergency Preparedness NEW!
    These videos show state and local best practices in radiation emergency preparedness, and describe how state and local partners have used CDC resources to increase their capacity and enhance programs.
  • CRC Electronic Data Collection Tool (CRC eTool)
    This tool is designed to collect, analyze, visualize, and securely exchange population monitoring data, including demographics, radiation contamination measurements, radiation exposure assessment, and health outcomes, using the Epi Info™ 7 platform.
  • POD to CRC Planning Toolword icon NEW!
    This tool offers high-level summaries, action steps, and checklists for ten major topics for inclusion in CRC plans. These ten topics are: (1) lead agency and public health role, (2) registry and surveillance, (3) communications, (4) CRC sites, (5) stations, (6) staffing and training, (7) equipment and supplies, (8) demobilization, (9) behavioral health, and (10) access and functional needs. When using this tool, refer to your jurisdiction’s POD plans, Population Monitoring in Radiation Emergencies, and the resources listed to complete each checklist.
  • Public Health Radiological/Nuclear Preparedness Webinar – August 2017
    This webinar provides discussion of the priority public health actions for state and local radiological/nuclear response, as well as an outline of CDC resources to assist with public health planning, particularly for a nuclear detonation.
  • Radiation Emergency Training for Poison Center Staff
    This training will serve as an informational and educational resource about radiation exposure and illness for poison control staff. The ultimate goal of the training is to prepare poison control staff to react appropriately and share vital information in the event of a radiation emergency.
  • Radiation Hazard Scale
    This emergency communication tool provides a frame of reference for relative hazards of radiation, conveying meaning without using radiation measurements or units that are unfamiliar to people. It is for use with protective action recommendations or instructions.
  • Myths of Radiation: Communicating in Radiation Emergencies
    Myths of Radiation is a new training that discusses common radiation myths and identifies communications strategies to dispel them.
  • Community Reception Center (CRC) Drill Toolkit
    This new toolkit has been created to help communities, agencies, and emergency planners design and implement a Community Reception Center (CRC) Drill. The CRC Drill toolkit provides guidance and templates that any jurisdiction can adapt to exercise the full range of CRC operations. The drill was developed to be compatible with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP). It also incorporates insights, issues, and lessons learned from real-world events.
  • Use of Environmental Monitoring Data to Support Public Health Decision Making in Radiation Emergencies
    This training is a panel discussion focused on identifying federal resources available to respond to radiation emergencies, discussing the response timeline, and describing the types of information and data products that will be available to responders and decision makers.
  • Educational Videos — Protective Actions, Pharmaceutical Countermeasures, and Health Effects
    These videos describe what protective actions you can take in a radiation emergency, the possible health effects of radiation exposure and contamination, and medical treatments that may be available to you.
  • Guidelines for Handling Decedents Contaminated With Radioactive Materialexternal icon
    Includes guidelines for how medical examiners, coroners, and funeral home personnel should handle decedents who have been contaminated with radioactive material. This site includes transcripts of the video.
  • Internal Contamination Clinical Reference (ICCR) Application
    An application (for Android devices, iPads, and iPhones) estimating reference concentrations of radionuclides in urine assuming intakes equal to one Clinical Decision Guide (CDG) for each radionuclide.
  • Psychological First Aid in Radiation Disastersexternal icon
    An online training focused on defining the unique psychological effects of radiation disasters and how psychological first aid can be used.
  • Public Health Planning for Radiological and Nuclear Terrorism
    Aug 26, 2008
    A 1.5-hour CE-approved lecture and video educational program for public health officials on public health planning for mass casualty incidents. Local government roles and responsibilities, population monitoring, pharmaceutical countermeasures provided through the strategic national stockpile, and the role of communications are discussed. In addition to web viewing, a DVD and CD-ROM with Supplementary Resources may be ordered by sending an email to cdcinfo@cdc.gov.
  •  Training: Medical Countermeasures for Radiation Exposure and Contamination
    Medical Countermeasures for Radiation Exposure and Contamination is a training module that aids in better understanding what medical countermeasures (treatments) are available for radiation exposure and contamination, how they work, and how and when they should be used.
  • Radiation Basics Made Simple
    A training module that introduces participants to the fundamentals of radiation and radioactivity. This training features an enhanced lecture-style video and interactive knowledge checks to deliver and reinforce key concepts.
  • Radiological Terrorism: Just in Time Training for Hospital Clinicians
    Sep 9, 2005
    Brief video covering key radiation principles & radiological procedures
  • Radiological Terrorism: Medical Response to Mass Casualties
    Apr 17, 2006
    A self-study training program for clinicians on immediate medical response to mass casualties following a radiological or nuclear terrorism incident. Web-based.
  • Screening People for External Contamination
    An 18 minute skills training video that demonstrates how to screen people for external contamination using a hand held Geiger Mueller Detector.
  • Use of Radiation Detection, Measuring, and Imaging Instruments to Assess Internal Contamination from Intakes of Radionuclides
    A website detailing how to assess internal contamination from intakes of radionuclides through the use of radiation detection, measuring and imaging instruments.
  • Virtual Community Reception Center (vCRC)
    A training tool allowing users to better understand how community reception centers work and the essential services they provide during a radiation emergency.