If necessary, RIVM
can measure hazardous materials in the air, work out how they are
dispersing and assess the risks. RIVM will also
examine any suspect item showing increased radiation levels or
containing unknown substances. Furthermore, RIVM will
take action in the event that people become ill through eating
food. This may include taking appropriate measures to protect
visitors to the NSS and surrounding inhabitants.
The on-site team will pass on any data it collects to RIVM in Bilthoven for further analysis, where a team will collate, interpret, model and translate the data into information that will be of use to the authorities. If necessary, a sample can be transferred for further investigation to one of the expert laboratories in the Netherlands, which are together with RIVM, organised within a Laboratory Network. The normal RIVM response organisation will remain on standby in case any disaster should occur in other parts of the country.
The Nuclear Security Summit (NSS)
2014 is an international meeting of top personnel, whose object is
to prevent nuclear terrorism. It is anticipated that 58 world
leaders, 5,000 delegates and 3,000 journalists will be in
attendance at the World Forum in The Hague.