Security and Emergency Management Pilot Integrated Performance Tests at the Nevada Test Site
The Secretary of Energy’s Office of Independent Oversight and Performance Assurance (OA), within the Office of Security and Safety Performance Assurance, conducted an inspection of safeguards and security and emergency management programs at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Nevada Test Site (NTS) in July and August 2004. The inspection was performed as a joint effort by the OA Office of Safeguards and Security Evaluations and Office of Emergency Management Oversight. This report discusses the observations related to the emergency management objectives for these two performance tests. The results of the review of the NTS safeguards and security and emergency management programs are discussed in a separate report.
Most emergency response personnel demonstrated a clear understanding of their emergency management roles and responsibilities. The DAF security IC understood that during a security event, the DAF LED might need to assume unilateral emergency management decision-making. During the force-on-force exercise, the DAF LED clearly understood his responsibilities for event classification and protective action decision-making, and although not actually staged, the first responding fire/rescue IC understood the need to be available for medical response without placing fire/rescue responders in harm’s way. Event classification and subsequent notification by the DAF LED was both timely and accurate, and the BN duty manager ensured that event status was communicated to other response personnel and that the necessary notification information was recorded and transmitted to the emergency operations center (EOC) watch office.