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How ORISE is Making a Difference

REAC/TS Provides Emergency Medical Response Expertise to Empire 09

Albany, N.Y.

The Empire 09 exercise was held in Albany, N.Y.

Medical and health physics professionals from the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS) at the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) lent their radiation emergency response expertise by providing support to the Federal Radiological Monitoring and Assessment Center (FRMAC) during Empire 09.

How ORISE is Making a Difference

A full field exercise sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Empire 09 was conducted in June 2009 in Albany, N.Y. The scenario for the exercise was a terrorist attack using a dirty bomb or radiation dispersal device (RDD). The three-day exercise was specifically designed to evaluate the technical response and management of a domestic RDD incident in an urban environment.

As one of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s emergency assets, REAC/TS deployed a staff physician, nurse and health physicist to establish an on-site aid station that offered real-time medical care for participating DOE assets during the exercise.

The Exercise included seeking the advice and consultation of additional REAC/TS staff physicians who answered questions from Oak Ridge. The exercise also tested the response capabilities of the Cytogenetic Biodosimetry Laboratory, where cytogeneticists analyzed irradiated blood samples sent from New York.