Bahamas: Nuclear Detection Response Exercise Held in Freeport Container Port
On 6-7 December 2011, a full scale response exercise was conducted in the Grand Bahama Freeport Container Port, assisted by experts from the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). The exercise focused on communications and notification procedures as well as on the deployment of an Emergency Response Team (ERT) to identify, remove, and package the detected radiological materials. . The exercise aimed at enhancing response protocol related to hazardous materials being detected. The protocol has been in place in the Bahamas since 2007. On 8 December, the U.S. Department of Energy Megaports initiative team met with officials of the Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency and its support team, to share information on challenges and possible solutions should the country be faced with a radioactive event.
Abstract Number: 20111030
Headline: Bahamas: Nuclear Detection Response Exercise Held in Freeport Container Port
Date: 6-8 December 2011
Bibliography: "Bahamas tests nuclear readiness response," The Bahamas news, 12 December 2011, www.thebahamasweekly.com
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