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Radiation and Nuclear

  • Radiation emergencies can come from terrorist attacks 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. No deaths were linked to the incident, but it took 13 years and cost about $1 billion to clean up the damage.  

    Visit the websites below to learn how to prepare for and recover from a radiation or nuclear event.

    Nuclear Power Plant Emergency - Learn the potential radiation exposure danger from a nuclear power plant emergency. Learn how to prepare a supply kit and how to make a family emergency plan. You can also find out what you should do during and after the emergency. (Ready.gov)

    Nuclear Blast - Learn what a nuclear blast is and the hazards of nuclear devices. Learn how to prepare your home and family before a nuclear event, and what you should do during and after. (Ready.gov)

    Hazardous Materials Incident - Find out what different hazardous materials are and where they can be found. Learn how to build an emergency supply kit; how to protect yourself during a hazardous materials incident and what you should do after. (Ready.gov)

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

    Acute Radiation Syndrome (ARS) - Find out what you need to know about radiation sickness. Learn how you can get it, what the symptoms are, and how it’s treated. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

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

    Last Updated: 11/04/2014