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Radiation Emergencies - What should I do?

If a radiation emergency occurs, you can take actions to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your pets.


Get Inside

In a radiation emergency you may be asked to get inside a building and take shelter for a period of time.

  • This action is called "sheltering in place."
  • Get to the middle of the building or a basement, away from doors and windows.
  • Bring pets inside.

Learn about sheltering options


Stay Inside

Staying inside will reduce your exposure to radiation.

  • Close and lock windows and doors.
  • Take a shower or wipe exposed parts of your body with a damp cloth.
  • Drink bottled water and eat food in sealed containers.

Learn what to do while taking shelter


Stay Tuned

Emergency officials are trained to respond to disaster situations and will provide specific actions to help keep people safe.

  • Use radios, televisions, computers, mobile devices, and other tools to get the latest information.
  • Emergency officials will provide information on where to go to get screened for contamination.

Learn how to stay informed


Contact Us:
Ready.gov - Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed.
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