If a radiation emergency occurs, you can take actions to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your pets.
In a radiation emergency, potassium iodide (KI) should only be taken on the advice of a Public Health Official.
Bring pets inside with you, if you can. Bring indoors any supplies from outside that your pets might need for at least 24 hours.
Pregnant women and nursing mothers should contact their healthcare providers for information on what to do in a radiation emergency.
Public Health Radiological/Nuclear Preparedness Webinar (https://emergency.cdc.gov/radiation/webinar_082417.asp)
This August 2017 webinar provides discussion of the priority public health actions for state and local radiological/nuclear response, as well as an outline of CDC resources to assist with public health planning, particularly for a nuclear detonation.
Where to Go in a Radiation Emergency (https://emergency.cdc.gov/radiation/protectiveactions.asp)
This animated infographic shows the best way to shelter in place in a radiation emergency.
Determining Deaths from a Radiation Emergency (https://emergency.cdc.gov/radiation/determinedeaths.html)
This fact sheet helps medical certifiers such as medical examiners and coroners understand the health effects of radiation so that they can accurately determine the illnesses or injuries that caused the death.