If a radiation emergency occurs, you can take actions to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your pets.
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
Resources for professionals in making an informed decision during a radiation emergency.
- Public Health Preparedness Capabilities
- Resource Library -- Additional CDC webpages, documents, and videos on radiation emergencies, organized by topic
- Radiation Emergency Toolkits -- FREE toolkits available.
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.
Radiation Emergencies Resource LibraryNEW! A collection of CDC and its partners' materials on radiation emergency education. This site includes videos, factsheets, and other information.
Psychological First Aid in Radiation Disasters Use our self-study training that allows participants to observe how psychological first aid techniques can be employed in a variety of response settings.
Application: Internal Contamination Clinical Reference (ICCR)NEW! Click here to download an application (for Android devices, iPads, and iPhones) estimating reference concentrations of radionuclides in urine.
- Page last updated March 5, 2014
- Content source: National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH)/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC)
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