The Radiological Preparedness Unit (RPU) in the California Emergency Management Agency plans, prepares for, responds to, mitigates, and assists in the recovery from radiological incidents that threaten public health and safety, property, and the environment. The goal of the RPU is to protect the public, property, and the environment from the possible harmful effects of radiation from incidents during transportation, at nuclear power plants and other fixed facilities, as well as acts of terrorism.
The RPU provides an effective and efficient emergency management system for radiological incidents by coordinating private entities, and federal, state, and local government organizations.
The RPU is responsible for two programs:
The California Radiological Emergency Preparedness (CalREP) Program, and The Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) Program.
The CalREP Program includes planning for emergency response and recovery from threats of nuclear terrorism, transportation accidents involving radiological materials and wastes, and radiological accidents at “fixed facilities” (i.e., facilities that are not mobile and are not nuclear power plants). The program trains emergency response workers to recognize the various types of radiation, the effects of radiation, and the protective actions needed for a safe response. The primary focus is on protection of the public, emergency workers, property, and the environment from the possible harmful effects of radiation and radioactive contamination.
The NPP Program covers emergency planning issues related to the State’s operating nuclear power plants – San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and Diablo Canyon Power Plant. The NPP program works with local, state, federal, and utility officials in emergency planning, training, and exercises to test emergency readiness.
Chief, Planning and Preparedness
(916) 845-8791 office
(916) 845-8735 fax
California Emergency Management Agency
3650 Schriever Avenue
Mather, CA 95655