First Response to Radiological Emergencies
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Resources

Dr. Elena Buglova
Thomas McKenna

Incident and Emergency Centre
Department of Nuclear Safety and Security
International Atomic Energy Agency

January 24, 2007

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Related Websites:
12/22/06 IAEA Announcement, "Help for First Responders"
IAEA Web pages for First Responders
IAEA Manual for First Responders
EPA Radiation Protection Basics

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Dr. Elena Buglova has developed professional experience while participating in long-term response to the accident at Chernobyl NPP. From 1989 to 2002 she served with the Research Scientific Institute of Radiation Medicine and Endocrinology, Minsk, Belarus and was involved in the medical assessment of the health status for population of the territories with different levels of radioactive contamination and different exposure doses, and epidemiological studies of the stochastic health consequences among Byelorussian population due to exposure after the Chernobyl accident.

Since 1996 Dr. Buglova has served as the IAEA consultant in the medical management of radiation emergencies, and since 2002 has been a staff member of the IAEA. She participates in emergency missions to the countries requesting assistance in case of radiation emergency under the Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency, presents lectures at the training courses and workshops. She is also a contributor to the IAEA publications (requirements, technical documents) in emergency preparedness and response, and serves as scientific secretary of the IAEA publications in her professional area (accident reports, technical documents and training materials).

Dr. Buglova is a Corresponding Member of the Task Group of the Committee 4 of the International Commisssion on Radiological Protection (ICRP) on application of the Commission's Recommendations for the Protection of Populations in the early phase of a nuclear accident or a radiological emergency.

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Thomas McKenna is now a consultant. He worked from 1999 to 2006 at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria and was responsible for working with countries around the world to identify the lesson learned from past emergencies, and based on this experience, developing practical guidance on response. He was on the IAEA emergency response team and provided training and other assistance in many countries. Before joining the IAEA, he worked at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for more than 19 years, where he managed part of the programme that developed the technical tools, training, organisations and procedures used by the NRC for responding to emergencies.