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Frequently Asked Questions about a Radiation Emergency
Release Date: March 17, 2011

 
Frequently Asked Questions about a Radiation Emergency
What Is Radiation?
  • Radiation is a form of energy that is present all around us.
  • Different types of radiation exist, some of which have more energy than others.
  • Amounts of radiation released into the environment are measured in units called curies. However, the dose of radiation that a person receives is measured in units called rem.
For more information on radiation measurement, see the CDC fact sheet Measuring Radiation.
For more information about radiation check the following Web sites:
What Preparations Can I Make for a Radiation Emergency?
  • Your community should have a plan in place in case of a radiation emergency. Check with community leaders to learn more about the plan and possible evacuation routes.
  • Check with your child’s school, the nursing home of a family member, and your employer to see what their plans are for dealing with a radiation emergency.
  • Develop your own family emergency plan so that every family member knows what to do.
  • At home, put together an emergency kit that would be appropriate for any emergency. The kit should include the following items:
    • A flashlight with extra batteries
    • A portable radio with extra batteries
    • Bottled water
    • Canned and packaged food
    • A hand-operated can opener
    • A first-aid kit and essential prescription medications
    • Personal items such as paper towels, garbage bags, and toilet paper
For more information about preparing for a radiation emergency event, check the following Web sites:
Content provided and maintained by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).





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