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Radiation Health Preparedness

Helping government agencies with preparation and response to nuclear accidents and disasters

Industries we serve

  • Federal, state and local agencies
  • Preparedness professionals
  • Emergency management organizations
  • Hospitals and public health departments

ORAU knows the management of mass casualty radiation emergencies. We provide broad based support for planning and responding to mass casualty radiological and nuclear disasters.

Our experts work with federal agencies to promote radiological and nuclear emergency preparedness planning by developing and implementing:

  • Education and training programs
  • Tools for clinicians and public health professionals
  • Guidance documents
  • Radiation risk communication products
  • Message testing and program evaluation research

Important partnerships with federal agencies span more than two decades as ORAU provided real-world operational experience and support during radiation emergency incidents such as the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.

What we offer

ORAU professional expertise covers all aspects of radiation emergency preparedness, including web-based training, instructional design, state and local public health preparedness, radiation medicine and risk communication. ORAU has a 15-year partnership with the CDC in developing a broad variety of radiation emergency preparedness and response products.

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Specific areas of expertise

  • Radiation emergency training and education
  • Nuclear disaster preparedness and response planning
  • Radiation risk communication
  • Community reception center planning
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Training local communities to respond to public health threats

Over the past 15 years, ORAU has worked with CDC to conduct more than 30 community workshops and stakeholder meetings and develop more than 70 tools and communication products that enhance public health as well as healthcare preparedness, delivery and response during a public health emergency.

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Our Experts

Florie Tucker

Florie Tucker, M.B.A., M.S., RN

Expertise: Tucker has managed ORAU’s technical training and communication services for the CDC Radiation Studies Branch since 2006. Projects have included creating radiological terrorism preparedness education and training programs, tools and protocols for the clinician and public health workforce. In addition to 12 years of expertise working with the CDC, Tucker has 25 years of experience in clinical, operations, project management and strategic planning roles in acute care hospital settings.

Rachel Vasconez

Rachel Vasconez, M.B.A., M.P.H.

Expertise: Public health preparedness, private sector partnerships, medical countermeasures and project management

Vasconez has more than 17 years of experience in public health preparedness, program management and program development, including expertise in developing and managing public and private sector partnerships, health communications, and program evaluation initiatives.

Matthew Schnupp

Matthew Schnupp, M.S.P.H., B.S.N., RN, PMP

Expertise: Health communication, emergency preparedness (radiation), qualitative research, risk communication, nursing, local public health

Schnupp has more than seven years of experience managing projects in radiation risk communication, training and technical assistance, data analysis and qualitative research.

  • Come talk to us about public health and healthcare preparedness capabilities

    Come talk to us about public health and healthcare preparednes at the ORAU booth at the 2019 NACCHO Preparedness Summit March 26-29, 2019 in St. Louis.

    The Preparedness Summit is the first and longest running national conference on public health preparedness. The Summit convenes a wide array of partners; presenting new research findings, sharing tools and resources and providing a variety of opportunities for attendees to learn how to implement model practices that enhance the nation’s capabilities to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters and other emergencies.

Contact us

For information about ORAU’s health communication, preparedness and response needs, contact Marcus Weseman, M.P.A., vice president and senior associate director, Health Communication programs, at 865.576.3420 or marcus.weseman@orau.org.