Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



Recent emergency response publications provide critical planning information.

  • Helping Cities Prepare for a Disaster is an article published in Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Science and Technology Review. The article describes how advanced modeling and simulations reveal that science-based planning is key to savings tens of thousands of lives.
  • The Key Planning Factors for Recovery from a Radiological Terrorism Incident is a draft document developed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) under contract to DHS S&T as a stand-alone deliverable to the Wide Area Resiliency and Recovery Program (WARRP). The Response and Recovery Knowledge Products (RRKP) data transition agreement established between DHS S&T and FEMA in September 2011. It is designed to identify key planning factors that could substantially aid the recovery process by decreasing the recovery timeline and costs, improving public health and safety, and addressing major resource limitations and critical decisions. provides much of the analytic framework for sound Federal, state, local, and private-sector nuclear terrorism response planning around Washington, DC. This LLNL report was sponsored by FEMA and involved extensive National Capital Region response community interaction.
  • Improvised Nuclear Device Response and Recovery: Communicating in the Immediate Aftermath is a resource for emergency responders and federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial officials communicating with the public in the immediate aftermath of an improvised nuclear detonation in the United States. An interagency group of federal communicators and radiation technical experts developed the messages in this document. Participating federal agencies include the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), FEMA, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
  • National Capital Region Key Response Planning Factors for the Aftermath of Nuclear Terrorism provides much of the analytic framework for sound Federal, state, local, and private-sector nuclear terrorism response planning around Washington, DC. This LLNL report was sponsored by FEMA and involved extensive National Capital Region response community interaction.
  • Key Response Planning Factors for the Aftermath of Nuclear Terrorism was developed by LLNL in support of the Department of Homeland Security Office of Health Affairs. It was released in August 2009 and identified key response issues.
  • National Academies Bridge Journal on Nuclear Dangers, an article written by LLNL, highlights recent research over the last few years that has helped greatly improve our understanding of appropriate actions for the public and responder community to take after a nuclear detonation.
  • Planning Guidance for Response to a Nuclear Detonation was developed by the Homeland Security Council (2nd Ed, June 2010). This interagency consensus document provides excellent background information on the effects of a nuclear detonation and key response recommendations. Its definition of zones (damage and fallout) is becoming the standard for response planning and should be integrated in the planning process.
  • National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurement (NCRP) Report No. 165 - Responding to a Radiological or Nuclear Terrorism Incident: A Guide for Decision Makers was released in February 2011 and is a National Standard that supplies the science and builds on many of the concepts of the Planning Guidance. (This document must be purchased.)
  • For public health information, an entire edition of the journal for Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness was dedicated to the public health issues associated with the aftermath of nuclear terrorism. All of the articles are available for free download from the highlighted link.
  • DHS Strategy for Improving the National Response and Recovery from an IND Attack (April 2010) is an Official Use Only document that breaks the initially overwhelming IND response planning activity down into seven capability categories with supporting objectives. This can be a valuable document to guide a state and regional planning process as a lot of work has already gone into time-phased capability requirements for Doctrine/Plans, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership, Personnel, Facilities, and Regulations/Authorities/ Grants. This document is for Official Use Only (valid log-in required) and can be found on the Improvised Nuclear Devices Channel of the Lessons Learned Information System (using the link provided).

    • National Capital Region Key Response Planning Factors for the Aftermath of Nuclear Terrorism provides much of the analytic framework for sound Federal, state, local, and private-sector nuclear terrorism response planning around Washington, DC. This LLNL report was sponsored by FEMA and involved extensive National Capital Region response community interaction.

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