WHAT IS THE VIGILANT GUARDIAN EXERCISE?
Assessing the Bay Area's Radiological Emergency Preparedness and Security
The Bay Area UASI, in partnership with the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, Department of Energy, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, FBI, FEMA Region IX, Cal-OES, San Francisco Fire, Police, Public Health Departments, and other first responder agencies will conduct a radiological/nuclear detection and consequence management exercise that culminates in the simulated detonation of a radiation dispersal device (RDD) in San Francisco during the week of October 23-28, 2017.
WHY IS YOUR PARTICIPATION IMPORTANT?
A "whole of community" response to the threat of radiological terrorism and/or industrial accidents
Vigilant Guardian scenarios require participants from different disciplines to demonstrate their knowledge and skill mastery in a series of realistic, mentally and physically challenging, state-of-the-art scenarios.
Vigilant Guardian incorporates the guiding principles from the National Response Framework (NRF) and is designed to strengthen each participating organization's preparedness to respond in a unified manner to a radiological emergency, regardless of cause.
Organizations volunteering to be a hosting or supporting agency are key to the region's effort to evaluate the competencies of our first responders, hospital staff, emergency managers, and our state and federal partners in the real-life scenarios they are likely to encounter if a radiological emergency were to occur.
Furthermore, participation in the Vigilant Guardian exercise will help an organization validate the effectiveness of its training programs, policies, procedures, as well as the return on the investment in radiological emergency preparedness and security by the community it serves.