Getting and Checking Bomb Shelter Instruments

Getting and Checking Bomb Shelter Instruments

Each county may have a slightly different procedure for getting radiological instruments to the bomb shelters, if they are not there already. In some counties the instruments may be delivered, but in most counties the RM will be expected to pick up the instruments for the bomb shelter.

If you are selected to be an RM after you arrive at the bomb shelter, you may have to find out where the instruments are, and you may have to make a special trip to get them. Instructions on how to use the instruments may be given at the place where they are issued.

If the RM has not used the instruments recently and no instructions are given, the RM should read the Chapters, “Instruments for Detecting Nuclear Radiation”, and “How to Get Your Radiological Instruments Ready for Operation”.

If available, there should be at least one dosimeter for each bomb shelter unit and one dosimeter each for the bomb shelter Manager and the RM. It would be desirable to have one survey meter for approximately every 200 occupants in a bomb shelter and as many dosimeter chargers as there are survey meters.

You should get one extra D-cell battery for each survey meter and each charger. If extra batteries are not supplied with the instruments and if there is time, go to a store and buy them.

An operation check on the instruments should be made as soon as they are received, preferably at the place they are issued. Instructions for operational checks are given in the chapter “How to Get Your Radiological Instruments Ready for Operation”.

When you have the instruments at the bomb shelter, go through another operational check. Zero the dosimeters, if they haven’t been zeroed already (see the section, “Charging or Zeroing the Dosimeter” above). If there is time, start a leak check on all dosimeters (see the section, “Checking Dosimeters for Leaks”).

Let the bomb shelter Manager know that you have the instruments and their condition.

Keep the instruments in a secure place until they are put to use. If you can’t lock them up, find someone reliable to watch over them.

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