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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Radiological Dispersal Device Playbook

The purpose of this playbook is to provide guidance for executive decision makers within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the event of an actual radiological terrorist attack in a U.S. city. Specifically, it outlines key measures and options to aid the Secretary in making essential decisions and directing the HHS response to a radiological attack.

The playbook functions as a resource document to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) to assist in coordinating the Department’s Emergency Support Function (ESF #8) with other Federal and local emergency support agencies. It is not intended to serve as an instruction manual for implementing the ESF #8 missions at the operational or tactical level; rather, it illustrates the capabilities required to meet probable mission requirements.

This playbook is a living document that must be updated periodically to reflect evolving processes and policy decisions including changes resulting from interagency plans or policies. ASPR is responsible for managing this process of bringing the playbooks up to date. 

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  • This page last reviewed: July 02, 2015