Public Health Practices: Enhancing Emergency Preparedness & Response
Public Health Practices
Enhancing Emergency Preparedness & Response
ASTHO - The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Radiation Emergencies

Events in which the release of radioactive particles has potential to harm people's short-term or long-term health. Examples of short-term health effects from exposure to radioactive particles may include burns, Acute Radiation Syndrome (ARS), and delayed risks for pregnancy, lung health, and eye health. Long-term health effects due to radiation exposure may include malignancy. Examples of an event during which radioactive particles may be released include a nuclear power plant accident or intentional detonation of a Radiological Dispersal Device (RDD or "dirty bomb"). For more information, please visit the CDC page on radiation emergencies.

Dirty Bomb/Radiological Contamination Interactive Training

Many state and local public health departments are increasingly focused on preparing for a radiological emergency. Given public health's fairly recent involvement in radiological preparedness, along...

The Family Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities (FL)

The Family Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities was created by two Florida agencies to assist families in preparing for a variety of emergencies. The guide provides general instructions...

Exercise Prepares Public Health and Partners to Respond to a Radiological Emergency (NY)

The New York State Department of Health led a cross-jurisdictional exercise to examine its response to a radiological threat in summer 2009. The Empire 09 exercise involved testing myriad strategies...