Emergency and Radiological monitoring


NRRC receives international and national nuclear and radiological emergency communications and participates in national response operations in cooperation with the relevant agencies in accordance with the National Emergency Response Plan for Radiological and Nuclear Accidents (NERPRNA). In cases of nuclear or radiological emergencies, NRRC recommends the activation of the NERPRNA to deal immediately with the incident and to prevent or minimize the potential consequences thereof.

The NRRC's response includes:

  1. Receiving national communications on nuclear and radiological accidents, assessing the situation, and recommending the activation of the NERPRNA.

  2. Searching for radioactive sources and nuclear material lost at the scene.

  3. Ongoing environmental radiation monitoring, early warning, and assessment of radiation levels.

  4. Identification of paths or trajectories of radiation exposure as a result of radiation emergencies and nuclear accidents on humans and the environment.

  5. Identification of levels of intervention in radiological and nuclear emergencies.

  6. Monitoring the behavior of the spread of radioactive materials from the source of the accident in the various environmental media and recommending the necessary preventive measures for the protection of human beings and the environment.

  7. Analyzing and assessing nuclear and radiological accidents.

  8. Conducting radiometric surveys and monitoring of radioactive contamination in elements of the environment during and after an emergency and rectifying the situation.

  9. Coordination with the International Atomic Energy Agency, reporting and receiving reports of nuclear accidents and radiological emergencies with the Incident and Emergency Centre (IEC).

The NRRC's efforts towards preparedness and effective response to nuclear and radiological emergencies

  1. Operation of the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and its systems such as modeling, simulation, forecasting, and decision support.

  2. Development of the Radiation Monitoring and Early Warning System through continuous readings from the network of Environmental Monitoring and Early Warning Stations throughout the Kingdom.

  3. Establishment of radiation monitoring laboratories to support the work of responding to radiological and nuclear emergencies.

  4. Formation of the Radiation and Nuclear Emergency Initial Response Team.

  5. Development of emergency preparedness and response requirements for controlled facilities and activities.

  6. Establish liaison arrangements with IAEA for sending and receiving reports of nuclear and radiological accidents.

  7. Establishment of operational intervention levels for nuclear and radiological emergencies.

​​In case of a nuclear or radiological emergency, please contact the Nuclear and Radiological Emergency Services Center (EOC):