Preparedness and Response to Nuclear Emergencies

Preparedness and Response to Nuclear Emergencies Government response to a radiation emergency should be the same as the response to any emergency involving hazardous materials.

Many misconceptions about Emergency Preparedness prevail concerning the risks from radiation exposure and radiation emergencies, which can lead to decision making and public actions that do more harm than good. Therefore, preplanning on the basis of established principles of radiation protection and safety is essential.

Accidental or malicious releases of radionuclides into the environment threatens life and disrupts socio-economic development. The scope typically involves local events but these may result in international or even global consequences. The nature, occurrence, or consequences of such events are not foreseeable. Thus Governments have to develop and implement emergency plans to mitigate the impact of such events. FAO and IAEA are full parties to the early notification and assistance conventions. IAEA coordinates these activities internationally.

FAO will assist Member States with their requests to respond effectively to nuclear emergencies through the provision of training support, and the development, co-ordination and implementation of procedures and response mechanisms. The programme will also cater to international co-ordination of FAO's activities with relevant UN and other international agencies, in particular the IAEA.

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