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The current capacity to identify, screen and monitor members of the public who may be exposed to radiation, as a result of an unexpected nuclear or radiological event such as an act of terrorism, is limited.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) help prepare communities for population monitoring—a process that begins soon after a radiation incident is reported and continues until all potentially affected people have been monitored and evaluated for:
The CDC looked to Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) for assistance in developing a comprehensive population monitoring guide to assist communities in preparing for a timely and adequate response to such emergencies.
Based on roundtable discussions with local, state, regional and federal agencies as well as health organizations and personnel, ORAU worked closely with the CDC to help develop a population monitoring guide that serves as a tool for public health officials and emergency preparedness planners at the state and local level.
The guide helps authorities: