As with any complex event, conducting an effective response to a radiological emergency requires careful and extensive preparation. The hazards associated with radioactive materials make preparation all the more important.
To maintain readiness, the RERT works closely with EPA's On-Scene-Coordinators (OSCs) and with other federal, state, and local government agencies to develop and fine-tune plans for responding to radiological emergencies. To test these plans, team personnel continually update their multidisciplinary skills, hold practice exercises, and provide training to other organizations charged with responding to radiological emergencies.
Planning in advance for radiological emergencies can help minimize potential public health and environmental threats if and when an actual emergency occurs. During the planning process, emergency responders think through how they would respond to each type of incident and the resources that would be needed.