FAQ about Radiation Emergencies

***THIS IS AN EXERCISE. THIS IS NOT A REAL EVENT.***

ABOUT RADIATION –

How do I detect radiation?

How can a person be exposed to radiation?

How much radiation is safe?

What are common sources of radiation?

What should we do about low levels of radiation?

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IN AN EMERGENCY –

What are the reasonable steps to take in an emergency?

What happens when I am exposed to radiation?

What is radiation exposure?

What is radioactive contamination?

Are there different types of radioactivity?

Health effects from exposure vary depending on the amount of exposure:

What is the difference between contamination and exposure?

How can I tell if I have been exposed?

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WHAT TO DO –

If you think you have been contaminated, shower and change into clean clothes.

Am I going to get cancer?

What should I do if I am asked to shelter in place?

If you think you have been contaminated:

Listen to radio and TV for additional instruction.

How can I lessen my exposure?

What should I do if I think I may have been contaminated?

First, stay informed.

Second, remove your clothes.

Third, wash yourself and your valuables.

What should I do if I think I am contaminated and am asked to evacuate?

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ANIMALS –

More information is available from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

My dog or cat is outside and may have been exposed or contaminated. What should I do?

I need to get my pet inside as soon as possible. What should I do if it has been contaminate?

What about livestock?

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Potassium Iodide ( KI ) –

Should I take potassium iodide (KI) during a radiological emergency?

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ACTIONS –

What are you doing to protect public health and the environment?

Is my food and water safe?

When can I return to my home?

Will my home be safe?

What is the role of your agency?

The Health Department’s role in a radiological emergency includes:

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