Review of NUREG-0654, Supplement 3, "Criteria for Protective Action Recommendations for Severe Accidents" - Focus Groups and Telephone Survey (NUREG/CR-6953, Volume 2)

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Manuscript Completed: September 2008
Date Published: October 2008

Prepared by:
1J.A. Jones and F. Walton
2R.L. Sullivan

1Sandia National Laboratories
P.O. Box 5800
Albuquerque, NM 87185

R. Sullivan, NRC Technical Lead

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2Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response
U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

NRC Job Code R3137

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In the assessment of alternative protective actions for use in response to nuclear power plant (NPP) emergencies, consideration is given to the likelihood of the public implementing these actions. Understanding the public’s knowledge and confidence in protective actions informs the decision process on development of protective actions. Focus groups were conducted to research the views of the public and emergency response personnel. A national telephone survey of residents living within NPP Emergency Planning Zones (EPZs) was conducted to obtain data for use in developing an understanding of public tendencies towards emergency preparedness. The conclusions of this research support the decision to update Supplement 3 to NUREG-0654 / FEMA-REP-1, Rev. 1. Additional observations and insights were gained from this research that may benefit NPP emergency preparedness programs.

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