Exercises and drills
Exercises are prepared and conducted in order to evaluate and improve response arrangements and capabilities of the IAEA and its Member States with regard to nuclear and radiological emergencies. Drills are designed to ensure that essential skills and knowledge are available for the accomplishment of the response tasks.
Exercises conducted within the Incident and Emergency System are named ConvEx exercises (Convention Exercises). They are prepared at three levels of complexity:
- ConvEx-1 are designed to test emergency communication links with contact points in Member States that need to be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and to test response times of the contact points
- ConvEx-2 are designed to test specific parts of the international response system. For example to drill the appropriate use of IEComm procedures on completing notification and reporting forms (Convex-2a) or practicing procedures for international assistance (ConvEx-2b) and testing the complete arrangement for six to eight hours (ConvEx-2c (nuclear) and ConvEx-2d (radiological))
- ConvEx-3 are full scale exercises designed to evaluate international emergency response arrangements and capabilities for a severe nuclear or radiological emergency regardless of its cause over a few days
Further information can be found in the Operations Manual for Incident and Emergency Communication (EPR-IEComm, 2012), available in all official languages of the IAEA.
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ConvEx-3 (2013) was based on the 2013 Moroccan exercise “Bab Al Maghrib” in the port of Tangier Med and took place on 20 and 21 November 2013. The exercise was a radiological emergency triggered by a nuclear security event. In total, 58 Member States and 10 international organizations, including the IAEA, participated.
ConvEx-3 (2008) was based on the 2008 Mexican exercise at the Laguna Verde nuclear power plant and took place on 9 and 10 July 2008. The exercise was a severe nuclear emergency with trans-national implications. In total, 75 Member States and ten international organizations participated.
ConvEx-3 (2005) was based on the 2005 Romanian national exercise at the Cernavoda nuclear power plant (Unit 1) and took place on 11 and 12 May 2005. Sixty-two countries and 8 international organizations participated in the exercise.
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