Radiation Emergencies

Protect Yourself and Those You Care For

In case of a radiation emergency, pre-planning is vital in ensuring your safety.



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CDC Resources on These Important Steps


Types of Radiation Emergencies

  • Nuclear Emergencies
  • Radiological Dispersal Devices
  • Radiological Exposure Devices
  • Nuclear Power Plant Accident
  • Transportation Accidents
  • Occupational Accidents

High-Risk Groups

  • Infants
  • Children
  • Elderly
  • Pregnant Women
  • Nursing Mothers
  • People with Weak Immune Systems

Types of Contamination


  • Internal Contamination
  • External Contamination
  • Radioactive Contamination
  • Radiation Exposure

See more CDC resources here.

What to do During an Event

Keep exposure to a minimum!

This infographic provides information on what you should do during an emergency radiation situation. This is a great resource to share with families, friends and colleagues.

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This animation from the CDC shows you where to shelter in a radiation emergency, and how to take these important protective steps.

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Recovery from Radiation

Decontamination for yourself and others

Follow these simple steps to reduce your risks from radiation:




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  1. Take off outer layer of clothing 
  2. Wash yourself off
  3. Put on clean clothing
  4. Help others and pets

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Additional Resources


Child Care Aware of America

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