Seeking Volunteers: Radiation CRC Exercise – 2017 Preparedness Summit

NACCHO in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be coordinating the set-up of a mock radiation Community Reception Center (CRC) in the exhibit hall during lunch on both Wednesday, April 26 and Thursday, April 27 at the 2017 Preparedness Summit. The mock CRC will have stations that simulate the functions that need to be performed at a CRC including: initial sorting, first aid, contamination screening, decontamination, registration, and dose assessment/re-screening.

The session will also serve as an opportunity to demonstrate the newly developed CRC Epi Info™ Tool. Each station will be equipped with a laptop to enter in mock patient information and a station to display aggregate data collected during the exercise in the Epi Info dashboard interface. Preparedness Summit attendees will be provided with a simple scripts with simulated exposure/injury information to help direct their movement through the CRC model and inform the entry of data at each station. Actual radiation monitoring equipment and CRC resources will be used in the simulated activity when possible.

Volunteer to Staff the Exercise
Open volunteer shifts are still available, if you are planning to attend the Preparedness Summit and would like to volunteer to assist as CRC staff person or Epi Info data collector. No previous experience with radiation or Epi Info is needed in order to volunteer. If interested, you may sign-up for up to two volunteer shifts (volunteer shifts are marked in orange and noted as “Volunteer” in the Agency column). If you would like to volunteer, please sign-up for shift(s) no later than March 31, 2017For additional details on the CRC exercise, please review the following flyer. To volunteer for a shift, click here.

NACCHO will be holding a conference call for exercise volunteers on Wednesday, April 5 from 2:00-3:00 PM ET. The meeting will be recorded for those who have conflicts at this time. NACCHO will also be conducting mandatory on-site just-in-time training for those that volunteer (Tentative on-site training date/time: Wednesday, April 26 from 7:30-8:15 AM, note: date/time of this training is subject to change). If you have questions about this exercise, please contact Raymond Puerini at

About Raymond Puerini

Raymond Puerini, MPH, is a Senior Program Analyst on the Environmental Health, Pandemic Preparedness, and Catastrophic Response team at NACCHO. His work includes sharing best practices for the distribution and dispensing of medical countermeasures and developing policy and guidance to support strategic national stockpile responses. Twitter: @Are_You_Ray_Dy

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