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Radiological Incidents

There are a number of sources of information on radiological incidents, accidents, emergencies, or terrorism. Some pertinent links are listed below.

Nuclear Power Plant Emergencies

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has published a document titled What Do I Do in a Nuclear Emergency?, which is found at in-radiological-emerg.html.

Radiological Terrorism

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has guidance on Radiation Emergencies found at

CDC's Frequently Asked Questions About Dirty Bombs is found at dirtybombs.asp.

NRC also has a background document on response to Dirty Bombs at

CDC has information on Sheltering in Place During a Radiation Emergency at shelter.asp

Preparedness - General

FEMA has issued a printed publication titled "Are You Ready? A Guide to Citizen Preparedness" (FEMA Publication H-34), which is available by calling 1-800-480-2520.  This publication may also be viewed at

Contact Info

If you have questions about any of the topics above, you may call the Radiological Health Program at (410) 537-3300 or 1-800-633-6101 ext. 3300.

Additional Links

Effects of Radiation (Nuclear Regulatory Commission)

Radiological Health Program Home

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