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Radiation Health Preparedness

Helping government agencies with preparation and response to nuclear accidents and disasters

Industries we serve

  • Federal, state and local agencies
  • Preparedness professionals
  • Emergency management organizations
  • Hospitals and public health departments

ORAU knows the management of mass casualty radiation emergencies. We provide broad based support for planning and responding to mass casualty radiological and nuclear disasters.

Our experts work with federal agencies to promote radiological and nuclear emergency preparedness planning by developing and implementing:

  • Education and training programs
  • Tools for clinicians and public health professionals
  • Guidance documents
  • Radiation risk communication products
  • Message testing and program evaluation research

Important partnerships with federal agencies span more than two decades as ORAU provided real-world operational experience and support during radiation emergency incidents such as the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.

What we offer

ORAU professional expertise covers all aspects of radiation emergency preparedness, including web-based training, instructional design, state and local public health preparedness, radiation medicine and risk communication. ORAU has a 15-year partnership with the CDC in developing a broad variety of radiation emergency preparedness and response products.

Firemen and medical staff assist patient in emergency drill

Specific areas of expertise

  • Radiation emergency training and education
  • Nuclear disaster preparedness and response planning
  • Radiation risk communication
  • Community reception center planning
ORAU preparedness resources advance local readiness

ORAU preparedness resources advance local readiness

ORAU, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Healthcare Preparedness and Response Team has helped identify pressing healthcare preparedness planning needs at the local level and subsequently informed the collaborative development of several preparedness resources.

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Our Experts

Rachel Vasconez

Rachel Vasconez, M.B.A., M.P.H.

Expertise: Public health preparedness, private sector partnerships, medical countermeasures and project management

Vasconez has more than 17 years of experience in public health preparedness, program management and program development, including expertise in developing and managing public and private sector partnerships, health communications, and program evaluation initiatives.

Matthew Schnupp

Matthew Schnupp, M.S.P.H., B.S.N.

Expertise: Health communication, emergency preparedness (radiation), qualitative research, risk communication, nursing, local public health

Schnupp has more than seven years of experience managing projects in radiation risk communication, training and technical assistance, data analysis and qualitative research.

Certifications: Registered Nurse, Project Management Professional

Contact us

For information about ORAU’s health communication, preparedness and response solutions, contact Freddy Gray, director, Health Communication and Preparedness programs, at 865.576.0029 or