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Emergency Response

Firefighters assisting a disaster victim

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) helps strengthen government agencies’ emergency response capabilities through a variety of exercises, from tabletop training to full-scale drills. ORISE supports emergency response needs across multiple disciplines, including the medical management of radiation incidents through the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS).

As a DOE reponse asset, REAC/TS is available 24 hours a day/seven days a week to deploy and provide emergency medical treatment for all types of radiation exposure anywhere in the world. Each interdisciplinary team includes a physician, nurse/paramedic and health physicist who are cross-trained in all aspects of radiation. REAC/TS provides direct support to DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s Office of Emergency Response and the Federal Radiological Monitoring and Assessment Center.

REAC/TS also prepares and educates first responders, medical personnel and occupational health professionals who will provide care to patients with a radiation injury or illness. Each year, more than 1,200 physicians, physicians’ assistants, nurses, emergency medical technicians, health physicists and first responders benefit from the lectures, discussions and hands-on exercises as they learn their roles in the medical management of a radiation incident.

Emergency Response Special Interest Group (ER-SIG)

ORISE successfully plans and facilitates the Emergency Response Special Interest Group (ER SIG) for the DOE Office of Emergency Response.

The goal of ER SIG is to bring together emergency responders from across the DOE complex to share emergency reponse information.

The SIG plays a significant role in ensuring that shared information pertinent to emergency preparedness, management and response is effective and consistent across DOE operations.