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Radiation and Nuclear

  • Radiation emergencies can result from terrorist activities or nuclear power plant accidents. The worst commercial nuclear power plant disaster in the U.S. was the Three Mile Island accident on March 28, 1979.  There were no fatalities linked to the partial meltdown, however; it took 13 years and cost about $1 billion to clean up the damage. The following resources can help you prepare for and recover from a radiation or nuclear event.

    Nuclear Power Plant Emergency - What to do before, during and after a nuclear power plant emergency. (

    Nuclear Blast - What to do before, during and after a nuclear incident. (

    Hazardous Materials Incident - Recommended guidelines for the period following a hazardous materials incident. (

    Contamination vs. Exposure - Explanation of the difference between contamination and exposure and how you can limit contamination. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

    Acute Radiation Syndrome - What you need to know about radiation sickness. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

    Potassium Iodide (KI) - Frequently asked questions about the use of KI in radiation emergencies. (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)