Radiological Preparedness

The mission of the Office of Radiological Emergency Preparedness is to provide first responder and volunteer radiological training and support to protect the health and safety of the general public and the environment. The Office of Radiological Emergency Preparedness assists federal, state, tribal and local agencies in the response to events involving the release of radiological materials in the environment. The Office of Radiological Emergency Preparedness is uniquely qualified to be an integral partner in the success of the state of Mississippi’s Domestic Radiological Preparedness Program.

The Office of Radiological Emergency Preparedness provides radiological emergency response training to state, tribal, and local agencies through the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program, Waste Isolation Pilot Program and Modular Emergency Response Radiological Transportation Training Program. The Office of Radiological Emergency Preparedness accomplishes this by coordinating and conducting outreach activities with other federal agencies and state, local and tribal governments to the degree practical. This includes initial interface with these entities for joint participation in training, drills, exercises and support for domestic preparedness.

The single biggest threat to the country is the possibility of a terrorist attack against a nuclear power facility, transportation or our critical infrastructure. Recognizing this vulnerability to our citizens is essential in order to address it proactively. The Office of Radiological Emergency Preparedness program assists state, local, tribal governments and federal agencies prepare for a radiological emergency in the state of Mississippi that can:

  • Mitigate the effects that a radiological or hostile action type of emergency could have on the safety and well-being of the citizens of Mississippi.
  • Identify and initiate actions in coordination with federal, state and local agencies necessary for government and the residents affected to be prepared to effectively respond when nuclear emergencies arise.
  • Provide for timely response to these events.
  • Set forth the governance that will result in both short term and long term recovery.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency recognizes its responsibilities with regard to the public’s safety and well-being. The Office of Radiological Emergency Preparedness recognizes these responsibilities as well and maintains the programs to train, drill and exercise state, local and private entities in the implementation of the state’s radiological emergency preparedness program.

Click here to access the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Handbook.

For more information about the Office of Radiological Emergency Preparedness, contact David Huttie, the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Office Director at 601-933-6845 or dhuttie@mema.ms.gov.