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Public communications in an emergency

In the event of a radiation emergency ONR would seek to support local and national messaging through the appropriate communication channels. At the local level, the SCG (see above) would have a key role in ensuring that advice to protect the public keeps pace with the risk posed by the radiation emergency. This local advice will be disseminated through the media, websites and social media. At a national level, media interaction would be led by the Government’s News Co-ordination Centre to ensure consistency and seek to satisfy the needs of the news agenda.

ONR also has a duty to provide prior information to members of the public who may be affected by a radiation emergency when radioactive material is transported by road, rail or inland waterway in Great Britain.

Whilst we do not have formal media-facing responsibilities in relation to the incident response, we may choose to comment publicly on relevant regulatory matters as required.