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?

Nuclear

Dirty Bomb or Radiological Dispersal Device

Radiological Dispersal Device

Radiological Exposure Device

Nuclear Power Plant Accident

Transportation Accidents

Occupational Accidents

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

Resources

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Preparedness


UPCOMING TRAININGS!

Please join us to the upcoming Radiation Preparedness Training Sessions. In order to register please go to www.preparingtexas.org. Please see the instructions on how to create an account to be able to register.