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.
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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
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