If a radiation emergency occurs, you can take actions to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your pets.
Radiation and Your Health
Radiation can affect the body in a number of ways, and the adverse health effects of exposure may not be apparent for many years.
- Possible Health Effects of Radiation Exposure and Contamination
- Treatments for Radiation Exposure and Contamination
- Health Information for Specific Groups
Information for Professionals
Resources for professionals in making an informed decision during a radiation emergency.
- Public Health Preparedness Capabilities
- Radiation Emergency Resource Library -- Additional CDC webpages, documents, and videos on radiation emergencies, organized by topic
- Radiation Emergency Toolkits -- FREE toolkits available
- Radiation Emergency Training and Education
To order materials, request them through CDC-INFO
Highlights / In The News
The CDC is monitoring the situation in Japan.
At this time:
- There is no travel advisory for Japan because of radiation hazards.
- There is no radiation hazard in the United States from Japan.
- There is no radiation hazard for food, including seafood.
More information on Japan can be found here.
NEW! Educational Videos
Protective Actions, Pharmaceutical Countermeasures, and Health Effects.
NEW! A Guide to Operating Public Shelters in a Radiation Emergency (February 2015) has been developed to assist with planning and response efforts related to shelter operations in a radiation emergency. This guide is the result of a multiagency collaboration exploring the unique challenges radiation emergencies pose for shelter operations.
NEW! Medical Countermeasures for Radiation Exposure and Contamination is a training module that aids in better understanding what medical countermeasures (treatments) are available for radiation exposure and contamination, how they work, and how and when they should be used.
- Page last reviewed: July 10, 2014
- Page last updated: October 1, 2015
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