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.
- Information for Clinicians
- 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
Radiation Hazard Scale -- an emergency communication tool that provides a frame of reference for relative hazards of radiation, conveying meaning without using radiation measurements or units that are unfamiliar to people.
Communicating in Radiation Emergencies: Myths of Radiation -- a new training that introduces participants to some common myths of radiation and identifies communications strategies to combat these and other myths.
Radiation Thermometer -- a new tool to help put common radiation doses in perspective.
Community Reception Center (CRC) Drill Toolkit -- a new toolkit to help communities, agencies, and emergency planners design and implement a CRC Drill.
- Page last reviewed: July 10, 2014
- Page last updated: February 6, 2017
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