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Information for Emergency Responders

Emergency responders are responsible for protecting and preserving life, property, evidence, or the environment in the earliest stages of a mass casualty event or other emergency. Emergency responders will be responsible for rescuing and delivering care to victims of a radiation emergency at or near the incident site. To help emergency responders develop plans and response capacity for radiation emergencies, CDC has the following resources:

Patient Management

Guidelines and Recommendations


Radiological Terrorism:
Tool Kit for Emergency Services Clinicians

A free tool kit for planning and response
Clinicians Tool Kit

To order copies that include this material and information on a medical response to nuclear/radiological terrorism and the role of public health in a nuclear/radiological incident, please send an e-mail to or call 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636); TTY: (888) 232-6348.

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