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Rad Resilient City

Welcome to the Rad Resilient City Initiative

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Letter from Tom Inglesby, Director/CEO, UPMC Center for Health Security: The goal of the Rad Resilient City initiative is to help American cities get “rad resilient” by taking the actions now that will help prepare cities and communities to save lives that would otherwise be lost to radiation fallout in the event of a nuclear detonation. More

Nuclear Resilience Expert Advisory Group

The Nuclear Resilience Expert Advisory Group (NREAG), is a panel led by the Center for Biosecurity of UPMC (now UPMC Center for Health Security) that comprises government decision makers, scientific experts, emergency responders, and leaders from business, volunteer, and community sectors. The panel was integral in developing the Rad Resilient City Checklist. All members

Rad Resilient City Project Team

Monica Schoch-Spana, PhD, Senior Associate
Ann Norwood, MD, COL, USA, MC (Ret.), Senior Associate
Tara Kirk Sell, MA, Associate
Ryan Morhard, JD, Associate      

About the UPMC Center for Health Security

The UPMC Center for Health Security works to protect people’s health after epidemics or disasters and to ensure that communities are resilient to major challenges.

The Center examines how scientific and technological innovations can strengthen health security. We advance policies and practice to address a range of challenges, including the global rise in emerging infectious diseases, a continued risk of pandemic flu, major natural disasters, our dependence on vulnerable infrastructure, outbreaks of foodborne illness, and the potential for biological, chemical or nuclear accidents or intentional threats.

An important part of our mission is to connect diverse and international communities of health and science experts, industry representatives, and government officials to strengthen collective efforts to improve health security. 

The Center conducts independent research and analysis, and we communicate our results to inform the work of decision makers across communities. We do this work through the combined talents of our scholars in science, medicine, public health, law, social sciences, economics and national security. 

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Terms of Use: Rad Resilient City and this companion website were published by the Center for Biosecurity of UPMC (now the UPMC Center for Health Security), Baltimore, Maryland, September 2011. Copyright © 2014 UPMC.

This Rad Resilient City Fallout Preparedness Checklist was prepared by the Center for Biosecurity of UPMC (now the UPMC Center for Health Security) with guidance from the Nuclear Resilience Expert Advisory Group (NREAG). The UPMC Center for Health Security strives to provide accurate, complete, and useful information in its publications. However, we cannot guarantee that there are no errors or will be no errors. Neither the UPMC Center for Health Security, the members of the NREAG, other persons contributing to or assisting in the preparation of this Checklist, nor any person acting on behalf of any of these parties: (a) makes any warranty or representation, express or implied, including the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose; (b) assumes any legal liability for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of the information contained in this Checklist, or that the use of any information, method, or process disclosed in this Checklist will not infringe on privately owned rights; or (c) assumes any liability with respect to the use of, or damages resulting from the use of any information, method or process disclosed in this Checklist, under any statutory or common law theory or any theory governing liability.

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