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Training: Radiation Basics Made Simple

A training module that introduces participants to the fundamentals of radiation and radioactivity. This training features an enhanced lecture-style video and interactive knowledge checks to deliver and reinforce key concepts.

CDCVideoPublic Health Professionals, Clinicians, First Responders

Postcard for Professionals - Radiation Emergencies. Get Inside. Stay Inside. Stay Tuned.

A postcard for professionals that can be used to promote the protective message of "Get Inside. Stay Inside. Stay Tuned.", describing materials that can be found on the CDC Radiation Emergencies website.

CDCPDFPublic Health Professionals, Clinicians, First Responders

Postcard for the General Public - Radiation Emergencies. Get Inside. Stay Inside. Stay Tuned.

A postcard for the general public that can be used to promote the protective message of "Get Inside. Stay Inside. Stay Tuned.", describing what to do in a radiation emergency.

CDCPDFPublic Health Professionals, Clinicians, First Responders

Messaging and B-Roll on Nuclear Weapons and Dirty Bombs

Details how to best communicate in the first hours of a potential radiation emergency, specifically involving nuclear weapons or dirty bombs.

CDCWebsiteClinicians, Public health professionals, First Responders
Improvised Nuclear Device Response and Recovery: Communicating in the Immediate Aftermath

A resource for emergency responders and federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial officials communicating with the public in the immediate aftermath of an improvised nuclear detonation in the United States. An interagency group of federal communicators and radiation technical experts developed the messages in this document.

FEMAWebsitePublic Health Professionals, Clinicians, First Responders
Communicating During and After a Nuclear Power Plant Incident, June 2013

This document provides communications guidance for domestic nuclear power plant (NPP) incidents, including sample text and suggested answers to anticipated public and media questions. This document also provides background information explaining roles and responsibilities across all levels of government during an NPP incident. While primarily created for Federal leaders who will speak to the public, this document should also complement the routinely exercised communication materials used by State, local, and tribal officials.

FEMA

WebsitePublic Health Professionals, Clinicians, First Responders

CDC's Roles and Responsibilities in the Event of a Nuclear or Radiological Terrorist Attack

CDC has prepared this fact sheet to help people understand the roles and responsibilities of CDC during a radiological emergency.

CDCWebsiteClinicians, Public health professionals, First responders, Medical examiners, coroners, funeral directors

Emergency Risk Communication (ERC) CDCynergy 

A website looking at what emergency risk communication can take place before, during, and after a radiation emergency.

CDCWebsiteClinicians, Public health professionals, First responders, Medical examiners, coroners, funeral directors

Public Health Planning for Radiological and Nuclear Terrorism

A video that is intended to help public health professionals prepare for a radiological incident.

CDC

VideoPublic Health Professionals

Radiation and Pregnancy: A Fact Sheet for Clinicians

A fact sheet for clinicians about the effects of radiation on pregnant women.

CDCWebsiteClinicians

Radiological/Nuclear Law Enforcement and Public Health Investigation Handbook - September, 2011

This handbook serves to introduce RN LE and PH investigations, identify potential barriers and solutions that LE and PH personnel will encounter during their investigations and enhance appreciation across each discipline.

CDCPDFPublic Health Professionals

Public Health Planning DVD Transcripts

A transcript of the CDC's public health planning DVD.

CDCPDFPublic health professionals

Radiation Emergencies Public Health Roundtable: The Role of Poison Centers

A roundtable discussion group summary report summarizing a training session and discussion on current and potential roles poison centers have in radiation emergency preparedness and response.

CDCPDFClinicians, Public health professionals

Video: Radiation Emergencies Public Health Roundtable: The Role of Poison Centers 

A recording of a roundtable discussion group session, bringing together poison control professionals across the country for discussion about current and future roles poison centers have in radiation emergency preparedness and response.

CDCVideoClinicians, Public health professionals

Radioisotope Brief: Americium-241 (Am-241)

A site with information on the radioactive isotope Americium-241.

CDCWebsiteClinicians, Public health professionals, First responders, Medical examiners, coroners, funeral directors

Radioisotope Brief: Cesium-137 (Cs-137)

A site with information on the radioactive isotope Cesium-137.

CDCWebsiteClinicians, Public health professionals, First responders, Medical examiners, coroners, funeral directors

Radioisotope Brief: Cobalt-60 (Co-60)

A site with information on the radioactive isotope Cobalt-60.

CDCWebsiteClinicians, Public health professionals, First responders, Medical examiners, coroners, funeral directors

Radioisotope Brief: Iodine-131 (I-131)

A site with information on the radioactive isotope Iodine-131.

CDCWebsiteClinicians, Public health professionals, First responders, Medical examiners, coroners, funeral directors

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Iodine-131 Found in Milk

A site with information on the radioactive isotope Iodine-131 and what to do if it is found in milk.

CDCWebsitePublic health professionals, First responders, Medical examiners, coroners, funeral directors

Frequently Asked Questions about Iodine-131 Found in Surface Water

A site with information on the radioactive isotope Iodine-131 and what to do if it is found in surface water.

CDCWebsitePublic health professionals, First responders, Medical examiners, coroners, funeral directors

Radioisotope Brief: Iridium-192 (Ir-192)

A site with information on the radioactive isotope Iridium-192.

CDCWebsiteClinicians, Public health professionals, First responders, Medical examiners, coroners, funeral directors

Radioisotope Brief: Plutonium

A site with information on the radioactive isotope Plutonium.

CDCWebsiteClinicians, Public health professionals, First responders, Medical examiners, coroners, funeral directors

Radioisotope Brief: Uranium

A site with information on the radioactive isotope Uranium.

CDCWebsiteClinicians, Public health professionals, First responders, Medical examiners, coroners, funeral directors

Infographic: Decontamination for Yourself and Others

An infographic detailing how to decontaminate yourself or someone else.

More information can be found at How to Self-Decontaminate, Decontamination-Helping Others, and Decontamination-Pets

CDCPDFClinicians, Public health professionals

Infographic: Radiation Contamination Versus Exposure

An infographic detailing the differences between radioactive contamination and exposure.

More information can be found at Contamination Vs. Exposure.

CDCPDFClinicians, Public health professionals

Infographic: Radiation Emergencies and Pregnancy

An infographic detailing how a radiation emergency can affect the pregnant woman and developing child.

More information can be found at Health Information for Specific Groups: Pregnancy.

CDCPDFClinicians, Public health professionals

Infographic: How Potassium Iodide (KI) Works

An infographic detailing what potassium iodide (KI) is, how it works and when you should or should not take it.

More information can be found at Countermeasures: Potassium Iodide.

CDCPDFClinicians, Public health professionals

Infographic: How Prussian Blue Works

An infographic detailing what Prussian blue is, how it works and when you should or should not take it.

More information can be found at Countermeasures: Prussian Blue.

CDCPDFClinicians, Public health professionals

Infographic: Where to go in a Radiation Emergency

An infographic detailing where to go in a radiation emergency.

More information can be found at Get Inside and Stay Tuned to Learn How to Evacuate.

CDCPDFClinicians, Public health professionals

Infographic: Radiological Exposure Device (RED)

An infographic detailing what a radiological exposure device (RED) is, its main dangers and how you can protect yourself.

More information can be found at More Types: Radiological Exposure Device.

CDCPDFClinicians, Public health professionals

Infographic: Radiological Dispersal Device (RDD)

An infographic detailing what a radiological dispersal device (RDD) or "dirty bomb" is and how you can protect yourself.

More information can be found at More Types: Radiological Dispersal Device

CDCPDFClinicians, Public health professionals

Infographic: Improvised Nuclear Device (IND)

An infographic detailing what an improvised nuclear device (IND) is, main dangers and how you can protect yourself.

More information can be found at More Types: Improvised Nuclear Device and Other Nuclear Weapons.

CDCPDFClinicians, Public health professionals

Infographic: Nuclear Power Plant Incident

An infographic detailing the main dangers of a nuclear power plant incident and how you can protect yourself.

More information can be found at More Types: Nuclear Power Plant Incident.

CDCPDFClinicians, Public health professionals

Infographic: Transportation Accidents 

An infographic detailing main dangers behind transportation accidents involving radioactive waste and how you can protect yourself in the event of an accident.

More information can be found at More Types: Transportation Accidents.

CDCPDFClinicians, Public health professionals

Infographic: Workplace Radiation Incidents 

An infographic detailing possible radiation exposures at certain workplaces, possible health effects from those exposures, and how to protect yourself if you are exposed to radiation in the workplace.

More information can be found at More Types: Workplace Radiation Incidents.

CDCPDFClinicians, Public health professionals

Infographic: Nuclear Weapon

An infographic detailing what a nuclear weapon is, how you could be affected if a nuclear weapon was used, and what you could do to protect yourself.

More information can be found at More Types: Improvised Nuclear Device and Nuclear Weapons.

CDCPDFClinicians, Public health professionals

Formative Research: IND Health Effects Message Testing with the General Public, January 2012

From January 2012: Audience research looking at how to improve messaging during a potential radiological emergency involving an improvised nuclear device (IND).

CDCPDFClinicians, Public health professionals

Formative Research IND Message Testing with the General Public, March 2011

From March 2011: Audience research looking at testing the effectiveness of key messages developed by the Nuclear Detonation Response Communications Working Group for the immediate aftermath of an IND detonation.

CDCPDFClinicians, Public health professionals

Media Message Testing: Detonation of Improvised Nuclear Device, March 2011

From March 2011: Audience research looking at testing the effectiveness of key messages in the form of a series of video clips developed by the Nuclear Detonation Response Communications Working Group for the immediate aftermath of an IND detonation.

CDCPDFClinicians, Public health professionals

CDC National Prevention Information Network Public Reaction to Information Related to Radiologic Terrorist Threats

From April 2003: Report discussing focus group findings in the development of the best methods for development and dissemination of public messages related to potential radiological emergency response.

CDCPDFClinicians, Public health professionals

Radiological Emergency Preparedness Communications: Message Testing with Cognitive Interviews - Survey Research

From July 2009: Message testing using cognitive interviews to focus on improving public-facing messages about protective actions and responses to radiological emergencies.

CDCPDFClinicians, Public health professionals

Roundtable on the Psychosocial Challenges Posed by a Radiological Terrorism Incident - Summary

From December 2005: Report detailing a two-day roundtable meeting to discuss major psychosocial issues associated with radiological terrorism.

CDCPDFClinicians, Public health professionals

Roundtable on Partnering with Meteorologists for Radiological Emergency Preparedness and Response -- Summary

From August 2004: Roundtable discussion focused on potential partnerships with meteorologists in preparing and responding to potential radiological emergencies.

 

CDCPDFClinicians, Public health professionals

Roundtable on Hospital Communications in a Mass Casualty Radiological Event - Summary

From January 2003: Results from a communications roundtable to explore hospitals' challenges in communicating with internal and external audiences in communitywide emergencies involving radioactive materials.

CDCPDFClinicians, Public health professionals

Roundtable on the Identification of Emerging Strategies for Hospital Management of Mass Casualties from a Radiological Incident -Summary

From May 2002: A report detailing a meeting bringing together public health, medical and other scientific experts to discuss practical strategies that hospitals can use in preparation for mass casualties from a radiological incident.

CDCPDFClinicians, Public health professionals

Roundtable on Communicating Strategies For Addressing Radiation Emergencies and Other Public Health Crises, Summary Report.

From January 2009: Results from a communications roundtable to discuss communication strategies in responding to a potential radiological emergency.

CDCPDFClinicians, Public health professionals

Report on the CDC Conference of Radiation Control Directors (CRCPD) Roundtable on Communication and Teamwork: Keys to Successful Radiological Response

From December 2008: This report details this roundtable’s proceedings and conclusions, and provides materials utilized during the roundtable, as well as comments/suggestions and a list of attendees. The document was developed by a working group within CRCPD.

CDCPDFClinicians, Public health professionals

NCEH/NPHIC Research Project Executive Summary

From 2009: This summary provides results from audience research conducted to test radiation emergency messages with over 2700 public health workers from six states to determine clarity, understanding and believability of the messages and assess their knowledge of radiation emergency concepts and terms. The messages were developed by CDC and the research protocol was designed by the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC).

CDCPDFClinicians, Public health professionals, First Responders, Medical Examiners

Ready: Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed.Social Media at CDC Emergency

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