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OVERVIEW OF HAZARD ASSESSMENT AND EMERGENCY PLANNING SOFTWARE OF USE TO RN FIRST RESPONDERS

Waller, E*; Millage, Kyle; Blakely, William F.; Ross, James A.; Mercier, John R.; Sandgren, David J.; Levine, Ira H.; Dickerson, William E.; Nemhauser, Jeffrey B.§; Nasstrom, John S.**; Sugiyama, Gayle**; Homann, Steve**; Buddemeier, Brooke R.**; Curling, Carl A.††; Disraelly, Deena S.††

doi: 10.1097/01.HP.0000348464.78396.23
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There are numerous software tools available for field deployment, reach-back, training and planning use in the event of a radiological or nuclear terrorist event. Specialized software tools used by CBRNe responders can increase information available and the speed and accuracy of the response, thereby ensuring that radiation doses to responders, receivers, and the general public are kept as low as reasonably achievable. Software designed to provide health care providers with assistance in selecting appropriate countermeasures or therapeutic interventions in a timely fashion can improve the potential for positive patient outcome. This paper reviews various software applications of relevance to radiological and nuclear events that are currently in use by first responders, emergency planners, medical receivers, and criminal investigators.

* University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, 2000 Simcoe Street N., Oshawa, ON, Canada; Applied Research Associates, Inc., 801 N. Quincy Street, Suite 600, Arlington, VA 22203; Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute, 8901 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20889-5603; § Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4770 Buford Highway, NE Atlanta, GA 30341-3717; ** Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 7000 East Avenue, Livermore, CA 94550; †† Institute for Defense Analyses, 4850 Mark Center Drive, Alexandria, VA 22311-1882.

For correspondence contact: Ed Waller, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, 2000 Simcoe Street N., Oshawa, ON, Canada, or email at ed.waller@uoit.ca.

(Manuscript accepted 18 March 2009)

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