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  • DHS First Responder Vaccine Initiative Pilot Program Report

    DHS First Responder Vaccine Initiative Pilot Program

  • DHS First Responder Vaccine Initiative Pilot Program

    Annual report to Congress of DHS First Responder Vaccine Initiative (FRVI) Pilot Program

  • Status of the Integrated Consortium of Laboratory Networks

    The Integrated Consortium of Laboratory Networks report.

  • Technical Capability Standards for Radiological Detection

    The following publications establish technical capability standards for radiological and nuclear detection goals unique to the U.S. Government. The materials augment the national consensus standards established by American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and international consensus standards developed by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

  • 2018 AEP

    Analytic deliverables from the 2018 cycle of the Analytic Exchange Program

  • IND Health and Safety Planning Guide

    The Health and Safety Planning Guide for Planners, Safety Officers, and Supervisors for Protecting Responders Following a Nuclear Detonation provides response planners, safety officers, and supervisors with specific information and recommendations to protect responders from the effects and impacts of an extreme event: a 10 kiloton (KT) improvised nuclear device (IND) within the first 72 hours of a detonation.

  • DHS/FEMA/PIA-008 First Responder Training System (FRTS)

    DHS/FEMA/PIA-008 First Responder Training System (FRTS)

  • IED Attack Fact Sheet

    An improvised explosive device (IED) attack is the use of a "homemade" bomb and/or destructive device to destroy, incapacitate, harass, or distract. IEDs are used by criminals, vandals, terrorists, suicide bombers, and insurgents. Because they are improvised, IEDs can come in many forms, ranging from a small pipe bomb to a sophisticated device capable of causing massive damage and loss of life. IEDs can be carried or delivered in a vehicle; carried, placed, or thrown by a person; delivered in a package; or concealed on the roadside. The term IED came into common usage during the Iraq War that began in 2003.

  • Nuclear Attack Fact Sheet

    Unlike a "dirty bomb" which disperses radioactive material using conventional explosives, a nuclear attack is the use of a device that produces a nuclear explosion. A nuclear explosion is caused by an uncontrolled chain reaction that splits atomic nuclei (fission) to produce an intense wave of heat, light, air pressure, and radiation, followed by the production and release of radioactive particles. For ground blasts, these radioactive particles are drawn up into a "mushroom cloud" with dust and debris, producing fallout that can expose people at great distances to radiation.

  • Radiological Attack Fact Sheet

    A radiological attack is the spreading of radioactive material with the intent to do harm. Radioactive materials are used every day in laboratories, medical centers, food irradiation plants, and for industrial uses. If stolen or otherwise acquired, many of these materials could be used in a "radiological dispersal device" (RDD).