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Incident and Emergency Centre


Enhancing Information Exchange for Emergency Preparedness and Response

The use of the latest online emergency preparedness and response (EPR) tools and information sharing on national arrangements, capabilities and best practices were among the topics discussed at the eighth meeting of the representatives of competent authorities under the Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident and the Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency, held at IAEA headquarters last week. Having robust emergency response systems in place enhances... Full story »

Visualising Data for Emergency Response: IAEA Launches International Radiation Mapping System

A thorough analysis of data is vital to a swift response in a radiation or nuclear emergency. The new international radiation monitoring information system (IRMIS), recently launched by the IAEA, collects and displays radiation monitoring data, enabling countries to respond rapidly to such emergencies. This data maps the areas of potential impact that can assist countries to take appropriate protective actions in an emergency. By sharing information Member States are better prepared for challenging... Full story »

Webinar: Protection of Emergency Workers and Helpers in a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency

Emergency workers play a critical role in mitigating the consequences and protecting the public in the aftermath of a nuclear of radiological emergency. These workers can be exposed to additional risks in the performance of their duties and protective measures must be taken to ensure that these risks can be minimized. The IAEA’s Incident and Emergency Centre and the International Labour Organization (ILO) will jointly launch a webinar on how to protect emergency workers and volunteers from the public... Full story »

Simulation of Emergency Procedures inside a Nuclear Power Plant Control Room used to train Off-Site Responders

Emergency situations at nuclear power plants require coordinated actions at all levels of response to keep the public safe.  Onsite control room supervisors manage highly trained operators and support staff in their response to an emergency while off-site responders work to protect the public and the environment from any consequences. All parties must understand the information needs of their counterparts and the realities of each unique operating environment during an emergency in order to respond... Full story »

New IAEA Safety Standards Committee on Emergency Preparedness and Response holds its first meeting in Vienna

The first meeting of the new Emergency Preparedness and Response Standards Committee (EPReSC), under the IAEA’s Commission on Safety Standards (CSS), was held this week in Vienna from 30 November to 2 December. The committee will make recommendations on the emergency preparedness and response (EPR) aspects of the IAEA’s programme for the development, review and revision of safety standards and on the activities to support the use and application of these standards. EPReSC, established in June 2015, brings the total number of... Full story »

New IAEA Safety Standards Reinforce Emergency Preparedness and Response

IAEA Member States will need to further strengthen their emergency preparedness and response (EPR) frameworks based on the newly published IAEA Safety Requirements publication on Preparedness and Response for a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency. The new publication establishes strengthened requirements for various aspects of emergency preparedness and response such as the emergency management system, protection strategies for a nuclear or radiological emergency, resilience of emergency arrangements against a range of hazardous conditions, protection of emergency workers and helpers, and cooperation in case of... Full story »

France and IAEA’s Incident and Emergency Centre Test Assessment and Prognosis Arrangements

A prerequisite to assess the severity of a radiation emergency and to develop a prognosis on how it might develop is data. Together with representatives from the French Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN) and the Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire (ASN) and the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations and International Organizations as observers, the IAEA’s Incident and Emergency Centre (IEC) conducted an exercise to test the... Full story »

Member States Discussed New Safety Guide on Termination of a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency

The Agency is currently preparing a new Safety Guide on Arrangements for the Termination of a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency. Its purpose is to provide guidance and recommendations to Member States in developing and implementing their arrangements in this area, with the aim of facilitating the timely resumption of social and economic activities after an emergency. A draft version of the new Safety Guide (DS474) was reviewed in a Technical Meeting held in Vienna from 28 September to 2 October 2015, which was attended by... Full story »

EPRIMS - IAEA Launches Self-Assessment Tool for Emergency Preparedness

A new web-based tool launched yesterday by the IAEA enables Member States to assess their preparedness for nuclear and radiological emergencies and share their information with other countries. The Emergency Preparedness and Response Information Management System (EPRIMS) provides a comprehensive analysis of countries’ emergency preparedness arrangements and identifies areas... Full story »

New EPR Publication available: How to set up a Communication Strategy and Plan for a Radiation Emergency

Previous experience from radiation emergencies has highlighted that communicating efficiently with the public is key to successful emergency management. To be prepared, the importance of developing a robust radiation emergency communication plan (RECP) cannot be overstated. The new publication Method for Developing a Communication Strategy and Plan for a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency serves as a practical guideline to both national and local authorities on developing an RECP as part of the emergency public communication strategy during a radiation... Full story »

Emergency Preparedness and Response Framework - IAEA concludes EPREV mission to the Nigeria

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts today concluded a 10-day mission to review the emergency preparedness and response framework in Nigeria. The Emergency Preparedness Review (EPREV) was carried out at the invitation of the Nigerian Government. The team included five experts from Cuba, Croatia, Hungary, Pakistan and the IAEA. "Nigeria clearly showed that it understands the importance of being well prepared to respond to nuclear or radiological issues when it requested this EPREV mission," said Denis Flory, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of its Department of Nuclear Safety and Security. "This is a cornerstone of nuclear safety. The IAEA is very pleased to assist Nigeria in identifying strengths and opportunities for... Full story »

| Last update: Monday, 26 September, 2016.