Information for Public Health Professionals

Public health professionals will play an important role in any radiation emergency. Key responsibilities (in addition to traditional public health functions) will include:

  • Conducting population monitoring
  • Initiating health surveillance and epidemiological investigations
  • Coordinating the distribution of medical resources and providing guidance regarding the use of altered standards of care and managing scarce medical resources
  • Addressing food and water safety
  • Providing protective action and other key messages for the public and other key audiences
  • Ensuring safe shelter operations

To help state, local, tribal, and territorial public health professionals develop plans and response capacity for radiation emergencies, CDC has the following resources:

Other Response Tools and Resources
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CDC has many other training and education resources, communication and response tools, and guidance documents for public health professionals and others involved in preparedness and response to a radiation emergency:

Page last reviewed: June 12, 2020
Content source: National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), Emergency Management, Radiation, and Chemical Branch