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Responding to emergencies involving chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) hazards: Information for members of the public

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M. Brooke Rogers, Emma Jones, Kristian Krieger, Richard Amlot

Original languageEnglish
TypeCBRN Public Communication Manual
Media of outputBooklet
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2014

Bibliographical note

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 261728.


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This booklet contains information about how the Emergency Services respond to
Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear incidents. We call these CBRN incidents for short.

It also contains information for members of the public about:
• What CBRN incidents are
• What the emergency services would usually do when there is a CBRN incident
• What you can do, if you are involved in a CBRN incident

If you are a professional responsible for emergency planning, preparing for and/
or responding to contamination events (e.g. emergency services, local authorities,
health care, etc.), please turn to p.22 for detailed guidance about the appropriate use of this manual.

The information contained in this
booklet can be used by members of
the public and organisations involved
in communicating with members of
the public about emergency situations
involving chemical, biological, radiological
and nuclear (CBRN) hazards.

Who is this for? This booklet contains
general information for members of
the public to help them understand
emergency response procedures.
For what purpose? This booklet has
been designed to inform people about
emergency procedures used during CBRN
incidents. If people understand these
processes they will be better able to help
themselves and their families during a
CBRN incident. Research has shown that
the emergency response process can be
made more efficient and effective if the
emergency services and members of the
public work together.

What is in it? The information provided
improves the public understanding of:
• Rare but potentially harmful incidents
involving CBRN hazards
• The stages of a typical CBRN response
• Which emergency response
organisations would typically get
involved in a CBRN response

How to use it? This booklet can be
distributed to households, GP surgeries,
and more in hard copy. It can also be
displayed on the websites of emergency
response organisations, local authorities,
and other institutions.

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