Radiation Threat

Limit Exposure






According to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, radioactive material has been shipped in the U.S. for more than 50 years with no occurrences of death or serious injury from exposure of the contents of thses shipments.  This has been accomplished through tough shipping and handling standards and enforcement over the years.


Today a radiation threat is more commonly referred to as a "dirty bomb" or "radiological dispersion device (RDD)."  This is the use of common explosive to spread radioactive materials over a targeted area and is not a nuclear blast.  The blast will be obvious however radiation is invisible.



To learn more about radiation threats, and how to be prepared by clicking  here.


Have an Emergency Supply Kit and Household Disaster Plan in place.

If there is a radiation threat or "dirty bomb" use the following procedures:


  • Cover your nose and mouth go inside a building that has not been damaged
  • If already inside, check your building for damage
  • If your building is stable, stay where you are
  • Close windows and doors; turn off air conditioners, heaters or other ventilation systems
  • If you have been exposed to radiation, wash your clothes as soon as possible
  • Watch TV, listen to the radio, or check the Internet for official news as it becomes available
  • To limit the amount of radiation think about more shielding, more distance and less time:
    • Time:  The less time spent exposed will also reduce your risk
    • Distance:  The farther away you are away from the blast and the fallout the lower your exposure
    • Shielding:  A thick shield between yourself and radioactive materials will absorb more radiation, and you will be exposed less
  • Local authorities may not be able to immediately provide information on what is happening and what you should do