For Immediate Release
September 24, 2012

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Radiation Monitoring Exercise Scheduled for Sept. 25 in KCK

TOPEKA—On Tuesday, Sept. 25, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Wyandotte County Health Department will hold a population monitoring exercise as part of the on-going Amber Waves series of training scenarios started this summer. A scenario of two Radiation Dispersal Device explosions, one in Leavenworth, Kan., and one in Kansas City, Mo., will be the basis for the exercise.  

During this exercise, the Wyandotte County Health Department will practice its plan for the establishment of a Community Reception Center for the purpose of monitoring citizens, their vehicles, their pets and animals, for potential radiological contamination and performing decontamination on those citizens, animals and vehicles as needed during such an event. The registry of these citizens and the process for long-term tracking of them will also be practiced. The receipt, monitoring, decontamination and handling of animals will be practiced in partnership with the Kansas State Animal Response Team.

The individuals who will be participants in this exercise include KDHE, local health department staff and their partners, the Kansas Radiation Response Volunteer Corps, the Kansas State Animal Response Team and representatives from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (to perform dose assessment as needed).

Who: Wyandotte County Health Department and assisting agencies
What: Radiation Monitoring Exercise for Amber Waves training series
When: 1:00 to 2:30 pm, Tuesday, Sept 25, 2012
Where: 18th Street Armory, 100 South 20th Street, Kansas City KS