The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Medical Emergency Radiological Response Team (MERRT) will provide medical support to be provided under Executive Order (EO) 12657 in response to a nuclear power plant accident. The Concept of Operations (CONOPS) includes the development of a specialized team of VHA health professionals that, if a radiological event occurred, could be rapidly deployed to an off-site medical provider to render both direct patient treatment and technical advice.
By extension, this team would also support the National Response Framework (NRF), and other applicable radiological response plans integrated or linked to NRF, extending the role of the team to respond to any type of radiological event or disaster, including a terrorist incident.
VHA Handbook 0320.05, Medical Radiological Response Team (MERRT) Handbook (680 KB, PDF)
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