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How Can I Protect Myself During a Radiation Emergency?

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​After a release of radioactive materials, local authorities will monitor the levels of radiation and determine what protective actions to take.

  • The most appropriate action will depend on the situation. Tune to the local emergency response network or news station for information and instructions during any emergency.
  • If a radiation emergency involves the release of large amounts of radioactive materials, you may be advised to “shelter in place,” which means to stay in your home or office; or you may be advised to move to another location.
  • If you are advised to shelter in place, you should do the following:
    • Close and lock all doors and windows.
    • Turn off fans, air conditioners, and forced-air heating units that bring in fresh air from the outside. Only use units to re-circulate air that is already in the building.
    • Close fireplace dampers.
    • If possible, bring pets inside.
    • Move to an inner room or basement.
    • Keep your radio tuned to the emergency response network or local news to find out what else you need to do.
  • If you are advised to evacuate, follow the directions that your local officials provide. Leave the area as quickly and orderly as possible. In addition –
    • Take a flashlight, portable radio, batteries, first-aid kit, supply of sealed food and water, hand-operated can opener, essential medicines, and cash and credit cards.
    • Take pets only if you are using your own vehicle and going to a place you know will accept animals. Emergency vehicles and shelters usually will not accept animals.

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