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Visualizing a Nuclear Detonation and Response Fact Sheet


First responders need tools, knowledge, and training to understand the effects of a nuclear detonation and the response strategies that will allow them to save lives, stabilize infrastructure, minimize exposure to radiation, and provide for basic human needs. DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) National Urban Security Technology Laboratory (NUSTL), in partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), is developing science-based visualizations that will depict nuclear detonation effects in a computer-generated but realistic city to help first responders understand the size, scale, and expected impacts of a nuclear explosion.

NUSTL manages a portfolio of Radiological/Nuclear Response and Recovery Research & Development projects that work to improve radiological/nuclear response and recovery capabilities at the local, state, and federal level, and advance the understanding of impacts and risks within first responder agencies nationwide. Nuclear Detonation Visualizations will build on other tools and guidance documents, including the Planning Guidance for Response to a Nuclear Detonation, as well as the more operationally focused 72-Hour Nuclear Response Guidance that outlines actions first responders and emergency managers should take during the initial hours and days of the response.

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Last Updated: 04/21/2023
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