The week ended with a bang. Er, thankfully, without one. Friday was the CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Explosives) workshop. They went all out on this bringing in the head Nuclear guy from FEMA, the head guy from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), and the Department of Energy's team leader that went to Japan for the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant incident. PhD's around the room!
This day was eye opening with regards to different biological and nuclear weapons that we could run into. The entire afternoon was spent exercising what would happen if a 10kT nuclear device was set off in Washington DC. Our team leader is thinking that for our Level I validation test at the very end it will be this scenario. It would fit as a level I event. The end result of the training: if a nuclear device goes off, get inside, go deep, and stay there at least 1 hour. The natural urge to flee will actually hurt you more than if you shelter right away and wait. The half life for fallout is surprisingly short. That little time inside a building will save you a ton of exposure!!!
The week ahead includes a personal leadership course and two days training on one of our portable satellite systems. That should be a good time (assuming the weather is decent!)