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Personal Preparedness: Radiation Emergency

If an overturned truck hauling radioactive material, a nuclear power plant accident, or a “dirty bomb,” causes a radiation emergency in your community, are you prepared?

The National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) Radiation Studies Branch (RSB) is reaching out to the public to encourage preparedness planning for such an emergency. The effort is part of September’s National Preparedness Month.

NCEH offers the following reminders and resources to help prepare to protect yourself, your family, and your pets in a radiation emergency:

  • Get Inside, Stay Inside, and Stay Tuned.
  • Talk with your family and friends about what to do in a radiation emergency.
  • Preparedness starts at home, in your community, workplaces and schools. Ask questions about sheltering in place and other actions you can take in a radiation emergency.
  • Work together with community members to promote awareness of available resources for radiation emergencies.
  • Explaining radiation emergencies can be challenging; visuals can help. These infographics focus on protective actions, health effects of radiation emergencies, and different types of radiation emergencies.
  • Radiation Basics Made Simple is an online training module that explains radiation concepts in short, engaging, and entertaining videos.  The information is presented in a lecture format along with animation to assist in explaining radiation concepts.

Additional resources can be found at the Radiation Emergencies website, which has a Resource Library that provides one stop shopping to find guidance and tools.

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