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Exercises and Planning

ORAU helps state and federal agencies prepare effective policies and plans for emergency response exercises

Emergency Planning Exercise Participants

Because of our extensive experience in the national security and emergency management arenas, ORAU is often involved in the development of exercise policies, procedures, plans and guidelines that ensure a consistent, effective response effort.

Our timely, solutions-oriented, operational advice and assistance has been recognized by our customers across the country, whether the situation requires expertise in specialized training or real-time response to incidents involving weapons of mass destruction or terrorism.

Some examples of our exercise and planning support success stories include:

NUWAIX ExerciseORAU helps state of Colorado prepare for nuclear security threats and radiological incidents

As part of a series of nationwide readiness drills known as Capstone 2014, more than 25 experts from ORAU led planning, execution and after-action review for the full-scale NUWAIX 2014 on behalf of DOE.


ORAU prepares DHS to protect large-scale structures and venues from radiological terrorism

To assist the DHS Domestic Nuclear Detection Office with protecting large-scale structures and venues from radiological terrorism, ORAU developed and successfully executed the Advanced Radiological and Nuclear Detection Operations course.

First RespondersORAU helps DOE operations protect its employees and the public through Emergency Management Issues Special Interest Group (EMI SIG)

For more than 20 years, ORAU has managed the Emergency Management Issues Special Interest Group (EMI SIG), which fosters the exchange of information, ideas, resources and products to support the DOE/NNSA emergency management community.

Emergency Response PersonnelORAU helps customers integrate National Incident Management System

Our expertise in training, exercise planning and management is helping us to support the state of California in its efforts to integrate NIMS throughout its emergency exercise design and execution processes.

Bureau of Reclamation Critical Infrastructure Exercise ProgramORAU plans full-scale exercises to test security at major U.S. Bureau of Reclamation dams

ORAU supports BOR’s exercise program by providing operational assistance and expertise for five national-critical exercise facilities, including Hoover Dam and Grand Coulee Dam.