NNSA Assists Morocco in Enhancing its Nuclear Emergency Preparedness and Response Program

Press Release
Mar 25, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced the completion of its latest nuclear emergency response training in Morocco. As part of its commitment to help enhance nuclear emergency preparedness and response programs, NNSA helped develop a Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT) exercise held in Rabat. The exercise, which brought together 140 representatives from 28 countries and two international organizations, began Tuesday and concluded today.

“Exercises like this are part of NNSA’s effort to implement the President’s nuclear security agenda by investing in the future of global nuclear emergency response capabilities,” said NNSA’s Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations Joseph Krol. “The high level of participation at this exercise demonstrates the continued importance of these efforts and a shared commitment on the part of our international partners. We wish to extend our thanks to Morocco for being a leader within the GICNT.”

This exercise demonstrated and tested the Moroccan response to a potential radiological dispersal device. It involved the participation of eight different Moroccan ministries.

NNSA’s Office of Emergency Operations has provided first responder, radiation medical, exercise and search training to Morocco. NNSA has also assisted Morocco with equipment enhancements to their emergency operations center and detection capabilities and technical reachback for radiological triage and atmospheric plume modeling.

NNSA currently collaborates with more than 80 foreign governments and ten international organizations with projects ranging from providing assistance to foreign governments in improving their emergency preparedness and response programs, to joint collaborative activities to improve emergency management infrastructure worldwide.

Last month, President Obama submitted to Congress the Administration’s FY 2012 budget request, which invests more than $222 million in NNSA’s nuclear counterterrorism and emergency response programs.

Learn more about NNSA’s emergency response program here.

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation’s national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.