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Ohio Emergency Management Agency

ODPS Ohio Emergency Management Agency Radiological Branch

Radiological Branch

Chris Salz, Chief, Radiological Branch
(614) 799-3675

Who we are: The Ohio EMA Radiological Branch is a team that has the capability to respond to nuclear and radiological emergencies on a 24-hour basis; we conduct nuclear power plant and transportation accident response planning and training as well as fostering support for the Utility Radiological Safety Board of Ohio (URSB).

Utility Radiological Safety Board

  • We are members of the Interagency Radiological Emergency Preparedness Group (IREP) working group, which will make recommendations to the URSB on plans to promote nuclear safety; facilitate agreement for the Joint Inspection Observation Program; schedule and facilitate the quarterly URSB meetings; and provide administrative support of the URSB to include agendas, minutes, meeting notices and annual report.

Radiological Analysis Section

  • This section is comprised of regional and centrally located Health Physicist that have a wide range of responsibilities and tasks. This team maintain the capability to respond to radiological incidents at nuclear power plants affecting the state of Ohio. Additionally they coordinate and monitor the shipment of radioactive materials traveling through the state of Ohio. They also update and test the assessment tools vital to radiological response, to include the Emergency Response Data System (ERDS); and Transportation Tracking and Communications (TRANSCOM). They develop, update and maintain procedures necessary for response to nuclear and radiological incidents.


  • Our team will teach and/or setup and host annual classes for emergency service personnel for the three nuclear power plant areas, on radiological emergency response procedures and first and emergency responders statewide.
  • Our team also teaches classes for emergency response groups working in the State Emergency Operations Center and in the field.

Radiological Emergency Planning

  • Our team plans for and annually exercises the state's response to emergencies at the three nuclear power plants affecting Ohio (Perry Nuclear Power Plant, Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station, and Beaver Valley Power Station).
  • We annually revise and submit to FEMA the State Radiological Plan which must meet Nuclear Regulatory Commission and FEMA guidance.
  • We review and evaluate county radiological response and transportation plans per FEMA and NRC guidance.

Annual Letter of Certification

  • The State of Ohio is required by FEMA to submit an Annual Letter of Certification (ALC) addressing periodic requirements for emergency response to incidents at the three nuclear power plants affecting Ohio (Perry Nuclear Power Plant, Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station, and Beaver Valley Power Station). The letter is submitted on January 31st of each year for information regarding the previous calendar year. A complete copy of the current year's letter is available from the Ohio EMA Radiological Branch.

Radiological Instrumentation, Maintenance and Calibration Section

  • The branch also oversees the Radiological Instrumentation, Maintenance and Calibration (RIMC) Lab, which is located on the west campus of the Ohio State University.
  • The RIMC Lab maintains the field monitoring teams that respond to nuclear power plant incidents and others as needed in support of the Ohio Dept. of Health. It also repairs, calibrates and exchanges radiological response instruments, meters, and equipment used by emergency services personnel in state agencies, Ohio’s 88 counties and other states, as contracted.
  • For information on instrument calibration please contact:
    Radiological Instrument Maintenance & Calibration Lab RIMC@dps.ohio.gov
    You can find the calibration policy here

To gain more information about us or if you have a general question please email: EMARad@dps.ohio.gov