National Alliance for Radiation Readiness

The National Alliance for Radiation Readiness (NARR) is a coalition of public health and healthcare organizations dedicated to radiological preparedness. NARR's mission is to improve the nation's ability to prepare, respond, and recover from radiological emergencies at the local, state, and national levels.

Ektron was utilized in the development of this site.

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ASTHO, the parent company of the National Alliance for Radiation Readiness (NARR), sought a web development partner to develop a web-based clearinghouse for radiological preparedness tools and resources ( The site needed to be able to house numerous varieties of resources, including these: response plans, documents describing best practices / lessons learned, talking points, toolkits, training modules, and other relevant forms and templates that may be of use to the public health and healthcare practice community. In addition, ASTHO needed a vendor to design a logo for NARR before designing and building the website itself. The entire project needed to be completed within a span of four months on a limited budget.

The Solution

Hodgson began the project by meeting with ASTHO and NARR personnel and stakeholders to establish the specific design goals for the project. Hodgson graphic designers created a logo for NARR and also established color palettes and style sheets for the new website. The designs for the logo and the web-based clearinghouse were refined based on an iterative process of presentations and revisions that included feedback from ASTHO and NARR stakeholders.

Hodgson recommended WordPress as the ideal CMS for the NARR clearinghouse because of its simple yet effective content management functionality. Hodgson designed and built a WordPress site that fulfills all of the following roles:

  • A searchable repository of online documents in multiple formats on which users can provide feedback

  • A portal for users to submit documents and for administrators to review and approve/reject submissions

  • A real-time emergency response that can be easily updated in times of crisis

  • The online home of NARR

The screenshot below indicates the finalized user interface design as well as the logo created by Hodgson’s design team.

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