Emergency Preparedness

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Radiological Emergencies

Radiological Emergency - An emergency in which there is, or is perceived to be, a hazard due to radiation exposure from a source – (IAEA)

Examples of Radiological Emergencies:

§ Transport accident involving radioactive materials

§ Lost/Stolen source/ Illicit trafficking of radioactive materials

§ Terrorist/Adversary attacks involving radioactive material (using Radioactive Material Dispersal Devices/Radiation Emission Devices e.g dirty bombs)

§ Radioactive equipment failure/malfunction

§ Elevated environmental radiation levels

§ Leaking/ruptured device containing radioactive material

§ Surface contamination of the environment with radioactive material

§ Excessive inhalation of RADON gas

§ Ingestion of radioactive material

§ etc

Emergency Preparedness and Response

“Effective national and global response capabilities are essential to minimize the impacts from nuclear and radiological incidents and emergencies and to build public trust in the safety and security of nuclear technology.” - Yukiya Amano – IAEA Director General

According to Section 9 (1)(k) of the Atomic Energy Act No. 24 of 2008, one of the functions of the Atomic Energy Council is to assist in emergency responses to radiological incidents and accidents.

Well established national emergency preparations are key to ensure effective emergency response. Preparedness entails having arrangements in place for:

§ threat assessment

§ establishment of system to prevent, detect and deter incidents

§ notification and official information exchange

§ assessment of potential emergency consequences

§ mechanisms for provision of public information

§ establishment of systems for provision of assistance

§ coordination of inter-agency response

§ return to normality

Radiological Emergency Response Committee

As provided for under Section 57, the Radiological Emergency Response Committee (RERC) was established by the Minister responsible for Energy and Mineral Development in consultation with the Council. The Atomic Energy Council, through the Radiological Emergency Response Committee (RERC) is the point of contact for national preparedness and response to radiological safety and security related events.

The Committee is composed of representatives from the Ministry responsible for health; the Ministry responsible for information; the Ministry responsible for disaster preparedness; the National Environment Management Authority; the Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces; the Uganda Police Force; the Uganda Prisons Service; and the International Committee of the Red Cross.






Mr. Ogwang Jimmy


Office of the Prime Minister


Maj. Tagaswiire John


Ministry of Defence


Mr. Luwalira Noah Deogratias


Atomic Energy Council


Ms. Aringo Stella


Ministry of Information Communication Technology


AIGP Byakagaba Abas


Uganda Police Force


Mr. Amandua Jacinto


Ministry of Health


Mr. Balemesa Richard


Uganda Red Cross Society


Mr. Muzamil Mugerwa


Uganda Prisons Service


Dr. Gerald Sawula Musoke


National Environment Management Authority

Functions of the RERC

The Functions of the Radiological Emergency Response Committee as stipulated in Section 58 of the Atomic Energy Act No. 24 of 2008 include;

§ To prepare a national emergency preparedness and response plan.

§ To ensure that arrangements are in place for a timely, managed, controlled, coordinated and effective response at the scene and at the local, regional, national and international level, to any nuclear and radiological emergency;

§ To prepare and periodically review emergency preparedness, response action levels and intervention levels.

The Atomic Energy Council, under Section 58(2) coordinates the functions of the Committee.

Status and Progress of Emergency Preparedness

The Committee has held seven (10) meetings since its establishment and has made a number of achievements which include;

· Formation of a management structure for the Committee

· Development of Terms of Reference (TORs) for the Committee

· Development of a work plan and budget for FY 2015/2016 and FY 2016/2017

· Drafting of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and National Nuclear and Radiological Emergency Response Plan.

The committee has also facilitated and carried out the following activities;

· UPDF training at Kabamba and Gaddafi Military barracks in emergency preparedness and response to radiological incidents

· Training of security agencies on use of radiation detection equipment in preparation for Pope’s visit in November 2015

· Facilitation of public awareness through nation-wide TV and Radio talk shows

Reporting a Radiological Emergency

If you suspect that an incident or an accident may have involved a radioactive material, please report to the nearest police station and to the Atomic Energy Council on the contacts provided below. Stay as far away from the scene of the incident as possible.

Atomic Energy Council, 3rd floor, Block C, Amber House, Plot 29-33 Kampala Road

P.O Box 7044, Kampala.

Toll free emergency line: 0800100488

Tel: +256-414696333

General: +256-485660639

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For more info download brochure Emergency Preparedness


Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 June 2017 12:18