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Radiation Response Volunteer Corps

About the Corps

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As a volunteer radiation professional, you can help protect the health and safety of Oregonians during a disaster.

Oregon is a Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Agreement State responsible for public health and safety through regulating the use of radioactive materials. While the national Response Framework has identified population monitoring as a local and State responsibility, our funding sources are limited and must be dedicated to the inspection and licensing of radiation facilities to protect public safety.

In the event of a major radiological incident, RPS and other local radiation response resources would be quickly overwhelmed by the large number of citizens needing evaluation for contamination.

Funds from a grant by the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors Inc., (CRCPD) are now being directed to supplement our resources through the use of local volunteer radiation professionals and Oregon AmeriCorps VISTA/Medical Reserve Corps who could provide assistance at community reception centers, shelter for displaced populations, emergency operations centers, hospitals, and communication facilities.


To train community member around the State to ensure the health and safety of friends and family by integrating into Radiation Protection Services operations at a community collection point.


Population Monitoring

Population monitoring is a fast and efficient operation for potential contamination detection of community members and dissemination of valuable radiation information after a radiological event.

A Collection Point is a controlled access area set-up in a community expressly for post-event radiological operations.

What can volunteers do?

Support local public health initiatives, while advancing the priorities of Oregon's Radiation Protection Services (RPS):

  • Promote radiation safety
  • Improve population monitoring
  • Enhance the quality of life of all Oregonians
  • Maintain a high level of responsiveness to the health and safety of all Oregonians in an emergency

Assist local hospitals and health departments with surge personnel needs

Participate in community preparedness activities, such a exercises for radiation monitoring, shelters, mass prophylaxis, vaccination clinics, and other emergency scenarios.

Train with local emergency response partners

Who should register?

Radiation professionals who wish to volunteer in the event of a large-scale health care emergency or mass casualty event.

How do I register*?

* Registering does NOT obligate you to respond during any given emergency

To register, submit your request to Sudhir Oberoi, email or mail:

Radiation Protection Services
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 640
Portland, OR 97232

Include the following information:
Phone Number

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