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Operations Support and Planning

Operations Support and Planning

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) provides operations and planning support to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Federal Emergency Management Agency and other government agencies for their counterterrorism and emergency response readiness programs.

ORISE’s planning, logistical and administrative support areas are focused on enhancing the radiological preparedness and response coordination between DOE/National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), its Office of Emergency Response (NA-42) and other interagency partners.

Our support to DOE/NNSA specifically focuses on planning, program management, response and recovery. This support includes interagency deployment coordination, Nuclear Incident Team (NIT) systems maintenance, operations and staffing, and providing personnel to staff Incident Management Assistance Team and Liaison Officer positions as needed.

ORISE also helps DOE ensure the structured testing, evaluation and validation of its technological equipment in order to strengthening readiness, agility and performance prior to transitioning the equipment to deployable status.

For FEMA, ORISE provides support to the agency’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive Weapons (CBRNE) Branch, which was established in 2008. With knowledge gained from supporting DOE and other agencies, ORISE was able to support CBRNE through its management of a number of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive response and recovery programs and policies.

International Outreach

ORISE assists NNSA’s Office of International Emergency Management and Coordination by promoting community engagement with more than 60 foreign governments, as well as international and regional organizations. The goal is to improve nuclear emergency management systems worldwide, of which ORISE supports through the planning of semi-annual meetings and on-going exercises.

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