Local and regional governments are increasingly interested in developing processes to care for citizens in the event that a natural disaster affecting a nuclear facility or a nuclear terrorist situation should occur.
Springfield, MA (PRWEB) July 27, 2011
Local and regional governments are increasingly interested in developing processes to care for citizens in the event that a natural disaster affecting a nuclear facility or a nuclear terrorist situation should occur. In response to the need for preplanned facilities to provide effective population monitoring and radiological decontamination in such emergency scenarios, UniTech Services Group has developed its new Mobile Contamination Characterization Center (MC3).
In either a nuclear terrorist scenario, such as the dispersion of a radiological dispersion device (RDD or dirty bomb) or an improvised nuclear device (IND), or a natural disaster such as the one that caused the Fukushima nuclear incident, there could be thousands of individuals evacuating an event epicenter. Emergency responders will want the evacuation to minimize the spread of contamination, demanding a quarantined perimeter. Disaster planning teams are aware that time will be critical in reducing both human radiation exposure and the danger of public panic. Armed only with conventional instrumentation, today’s radiological emergency responders would be faced with a daunting task to monitor, sort and clear population in response to any scenarios involving nuclear materials.
The MC3 addresses these concerns. The system can be customized to serve as a single or multiple mobile unit system. The single unit design can monitor 500 people per hour, with sensitive whole-body monitoring equipment. Each unit provides individual, private decontamination showers and changing rooms for donning clean, uncontaminated clothing. Air handling and filtration systems minimize the potential for airborne contamination, facilitate radiological cleanliness and thus reduce downtime. Because tracking affected individuals and populations will also be important following a nuclear incident, MC3 ‘s computerized data systems allow individual tagging and identification of people monitored.
MC3 design options include capabilities for electrical generation, portable water supply and wastewater filtration or retention. The modular design units can be customized to satisfy unique customer needs and design requirements and can be scaled to accommodate virtually any specified monitoring and decontamination throughput capacity. MC3 units are mobile by truck, rail, vessel, and, with an optional intermodal container design, by helicopter. Government organizations can elect to have units stored remotely in an ever-ready state; delivered units can be operational in as little as two hours.
UniTech Services Group is the world's largest provider of radiological laundry and protective wear programs, with facilities throughout the United States and in Canada, Wales, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. In addition to nuclear protective clothing services, UniTech provides advanced decontamination and safety services for the nuclear industry. UniTech is a subsidiary of UniFirst Corporation. Literature and a demonstration video about UniTech’s Mobile Contamination Characterization Center are available at: http://www.UniTechUS.com/MC3.