2022 Annual Report

23 radiation experts could better fit the training needs. ● Since statewide radiation calibration services were transferred to EH&S, the university was already connected with many of the 26 hazardous materials teams across Iowa. ● Iowa HHS provided additional funding to support EH&S's work and outreach costs, which allowed them time to complete the grant application. Bureau of Radiological Health: In March 2022, EH&S partnered with Iowa HHS's Bureau of Radiological Health to host a multi-agency radiation emergency response workshop in Ames, Iowa. Through a series of trainings, tabletop discussions, and breakout sessions, the federal, regional, state, and local assets examined their roles and ways to better coordinate resources. Two firsts: This was the first workshop of its kind and a major accomplishment of EH&S's new partnership with the Iowa HHS. ● On the first day, about 40 field responders learned how to use the GPS-enabled CBRN-Responder, the mobile application used to collect simulated data in the field. The submitted data is transmitted to the incident command team members in the mock emergency operations center. ● On the second day, about 90 workshop attendees (field responders and incident command staff) participated in a simulated scenario in which a radiological dispersal device, or dirty bomb, exploded in Ames. A HAZMAT team member entered data on his cell phone app, CBRNResponder, which was transmitted into the command center. Field responders listened to the dirty bomb scenario in preparation for deploying to collect data. Bonus: The training also served as professional development for members of EH&S, helping them keep up with developments in the industry and better serve the university and surrounding community. ■