What to Do in Radiation Emergencies

Key points

  • "Get inside" means to find a building and take shelter.
  • "Stay inside" means to close and lock doors and windows and shelter in place to reduce your exposure to radiation.
  • "Stay tuned" is listening to emergency officials and using technology to stay informed.
Graphic: Get inside. Stay inside. Stay tuned.

Steps to take

Learn more about the three basic steps to take in a radiation emergency.

Get inside

In a radiation emergency you may be asked to get inside a building and take shelter for a period of time.

  • This action is called "sheltering in place."
  • Get to the middle of the building or a basement, away from doors and windows.
  • Bring pets inside.

Stay inside

Staying inside will reduce your exposure to radiation.

  • Close and lock windows and doors.
  • Take a shower or wipe exposed parts of your body with a damp cloth.
  • Drink bottled water and eat food in sealed containers.

Stay tuned

Emergency officials are trained to respond to disaster situations and will provide specific actions to help keep people safe.

  • Use radios, televisions, computers, mobile devices, and other tools to get the latest information.
  • Emergency officials will provide information on where to go to get screened for contamination.