What is radiation?
People are continuously exposed to radiation from natural sources such as cosmic rocks and soil, food, water, air, etc. However, other sources such as airline travel, medical procedures, fallout from past nuclear weapons testing, and radiation emergencies can also expose individuals to high levels of radiation.
What are radiation emergencies?
Dirty Bomb or Radiological Dispersal Device
Radiological Dispersal Device
Radiological Exposure Device
Nuclear Power Plant Accident
What should you do in a radiation emergency?
Get inside: Get to the middle of the building or basement, away from doors and windows
Stay inside: Take a shower or wipe exposed parts of your body with a damp cloth
Stay tuned: Use radios, televisions, computers, etc. to stay informed.
What will the health department do in an emergency dealing with radiation?
Depending on the incident and radioactive material involved, the health department will assist in the response by setting up a Community Reception Center to:
Conduct population monitoring
Dry decontaminate those who might be contaminated
Dispense prophylactic medication, if available