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Response Phases

Consequence Management Home Team (CMHT) PDF icon CMHT Brochure (pdf, 2 MB)

The Consequence Management Home Team (CMHT) functions as a virtual extension of the FRMAC when a full FRMAC has not yet been, or will not be, deployed. The same products and assistance are available in CMHT as with a full FRMAC with the exception of field monitoring capabilities. Advice can be provided regarding worker turn-back levels, monitoring routes, evacuation zones, and so forth. The CMHT maintains reachback capabilities to agencies with expertise to cover a variety of disciplines to assist with local concerns or needs.

There are five, on-call duty positions for the CMHT. When the CMHT is activated, two Bridge Line Coordinators activate the CMHT bridge line and contact state, federal and local agencies to invite them to participate on the call. Additionally, an assessment scientist, GIS scientist, and web administrator join the call and prepare for requests for assistance. The initial requester will be contacted by a DOE official to advise them when the bridge line is stood up.

The CMHT is activated by contacting The DOE Nuclear Incident Team. Once DOE has made the determination that CMHT assistance is required, an activation call-out sequence is initiated. All positions of the CMHT are staffed 24/7/365 and can respond within one hour during normal business hours and two hours after close of business.

Along with advice, the CMHT can disseminate data generated from plume predictions and accumulated monitoring data provided by state and local field monitoring teams. The subsequent products, including map products, can be generated with minimal turn-around time. After the products are generated, a Senior Energy Official approves them for release to the authorized state, local and tribal authorities.

The CMHT also maintains a record for situational information regarding the incident, as well as monitor the data entered into the FRMAC’s database for use in data products. Data can also be passed to the CMHT via e-mail, phone, or fax and entered into the database by a Bridge Line Coordinator. This data is available for review by local officials.

If a full FRMAC, RAP team, or Accident Response Group team is deployed, the CMHT will provide situational information collected during the event to field personnel to prepare them for response. This eliminates much of the lag time associated with the transition from CMHT to a field operation.

The CMHT provides status information to the CMRT I assets when those assets arrive at the event scene. Generally, the CMHT data assessment capability is stood down and transferred to the CMRT field assets (e.g., CMRT I) once those assets have been established at the event scene. If necessary, the CMHT assets will remain available to support the event response throughout the event.



Immediately after an incident occurs, protective actions focus on accurately determining if citizen evacuation or sheltering-in-place are recommended. In order to provide for a short deployment time line, this response element is small, both in terms of personnel and equipment.

The CMRT I response is a small, rapidly-deploying team focused on obtaining and assessing gross field monitoring measurements. It is capable of sustaining 24-hour operations for up to 72 hours. The CMRT I team is required to deploy with a 4-hours “wheels up” time following notification. The team includes 31 on-call personnel and 2,500 lbs (200 cubic feet) of equipment.

This phase will serve as a quick response element to augment the Radiological Assistance Program (RAP). It also provides the core Command and Control for FRMAC contributions from other federal agencies. The team will incorporate all the disciplines necessary to support operations but only on a limited scale. These disciplines include radiation monitoring, sampling, analysis, assessment, health and safety, and support and logistics functions. It is designed for quick response and rapid radiological data collection and assessment in order to provide early health effects advice and timely characterization of the radiological situations to the officials responsible for making and implementing protective actions for the public. Each specific emergency may require a tailored response.


During CMRT II, protective actions focus on accurately defining areas where long-term relocation of the population may be warranted.

The CMRT II response package is prepared to deploy on one aircraft with a 12-hour “wheels up” following notification. This response team includes 32 personnel and an additional 39,000 lbs. (2,400 cubic feet) of equipment. The CMRT II response team deploys with consumables to support operations for 96 hours without re-supply and is prepared to support 24-hour per day operations for several weeks.

CMRT II will focus on extensive field monitoring (collection, assessment, compilation, and archiving of data) and initial sample collection and sample processing for characterization and eventual handoff to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).



During CMRT AUGMENTATION of an incident, protective actions focus on accurately defining areas where contamination levels of air, water, crops, forage, and livestock may lead to concentrations in excess of nationally accepted guidelines.

The CMRT AUGMENTATION response package consists of additional technical personnel from the National Laboratories and RAP regions. Deployment will begin 24 hours after notification. Mobile laboratories for the processing of data will also be deployed.

The response during CMRT AUGMENTATION focuses on extensive sampling, sample processing and analysis, and further collection, assessment, compilation and archiving of data in order to characterize the radiological conditions as specified by the Nuclear/Radiological Incident Annex to the National Response Framework (NRF). CMRT AUGMENTATION is prepared to support 24-hour per day operations for several weeks as determined by the severity of the emergency.

The CMRT AUGMENTATION organizational chart also shows participation by the Coordinating Agency and the state(s), which are the customers of the FRMAC. They play a major role in setting overall FRMAC priorities and activities. Their representatives are the link to the FRMAC Director and staff. They are responsible for delivering requests from their organizations to the Director and staff for FRMAC radiological products and services. Technical representatives from these organizations are located at key positions in the FRMAC to help implement their organizations’ requirements and priorities.


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Date Last Modified: November 18, 2015