Information for Public Health Professionals

What to know

Public health professionals will play an important role in any radiation emergency. This page features tools and resources that will aid in a radiation response.

Environmental health specialist using an electronic table in the field.

Public health professionals and radiation emergencies

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

CDC provides the resources help state, tribal, local, and territorial public health professionals develop plans and response capacity for radiation emergencies.

Tools and resources