Federal Radiological Monitoring and Assessment Center
Consequence Management Home Team (CMHT)
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
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
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.
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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
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
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
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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:
February 21, 2014