Frequent Questions

Why don’t officials just automatically advise everyone to evacuate when a radiation emergency occurs?

Evacuation may not be appropriate depending on the emergency. Sometimes, simply staying indoors (sheltering) is a better choice for preventing or reducing radiation exposure. Severe weather or blocked roads could make evacuation difficult. People might get caught outside or in their cars when the radioactive cloud passed over.  Buildings such as large offices and structures made from brick can provide significant protection from radiation. 

Sheltering enables people to stay in familiar surroundings and have access to food, water, and information sources such as television or radio.

Watch or listen to official announcements to learn what steps you should take.

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