Nuclear or radiological emergency reception centre

Nuclear or radiological emergencies (NREs) may result to injury and/or contamination of individuals. In case of NREs, responsible authorities respond by setting up an appropriate emergency reception centre near the scene of the incident.

Medical triage takes precedence in case of emergency. Some emergency medical actions must take place at the scene, to ensure optimum management of individuals affected by the incident. Generally, the condition of people arriving at the reception centre varies widely.  Some may be injured or seriously injured. Others may be just contaminated with no injuries. Some unlucky victims will be both injured and contaminated. The complexity of the situation requires responding authorities to gather significant resources in order to set-up an NRE reception centre.

The video below aims to provide an intuitive overview of an NRE reception centre.


INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY, Generic Procedures for Medical Response During a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency, IAEA, Vienna (2005).