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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

The Role of Public Health in a Nuclear or Radiological Terrorism Incident

This satellite broadcast originally aired in 2005. It provides a generic overview and introduction to radiological and nuclear terrorism incident response planning for state, local, and tribal public health officials.

Note: viewing this video requires Windows Media Player

CDCVideoPublic Health Professionals, Clinicians, First Responders
United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC): Radiation Protection

A description of radiation and the NRC's role in developing a system of radiation protection.

NRCWebsiteClinicians, Public Health Professionals, First Responders, Medical Examiners

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)/IAFF Training for Radiation Emergencies

The goal of this course is to provide needed information and a method to train fire departments and other emergency responders who may be called upon to respond to accidents involving radioactive materials along DOE transportation corridors and routes.

DOE Office of Health Safety and Security (HSS)WebsiteFirst responders
Radiation Dictionary

An alphabetical listing of terms and definitions related to radiation and a primer on radiation measurement.

CDCWebsiteClinicians, Public Health Professionals, First Responders, Medical Examiners
Measuring Radiation

A description of how radiation is measured and how to interpret measurements related to radiation dose.

CDCWebsiteClinicians, Public Health Professionals, First Responders, Medical Examiners

Toxicological Profiles

Information about contaminants (including radioisotopes) found at hazardous waste sites, compiled by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).

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

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Calculate Your Radiation Dose

Provided by the EPA, a form where one can calculate the amount of radiation they are exposed to.

EPAWebsiteClinicians, Public Health Professionals, First Responders, Medical Examiners

Health Effects of Exposure to Low Levels of Ionizing Radiation

From 1990: A book looking at the health effects from exposure to low levels of ionizing radiation.

National Research Council's Committee on the Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiations (BEIR)PDFClinicians, Public health professionals, First responders
Acute Radiation Syndrome: A Fact Sheet for Physicians

Information for clinicians on Acute Radiation Syndrome, Prenatal Radiation Exposure and Cutaneous Radiation Injury.

CDCWebsiteClinicians

Cutaneous Radiation Injury (CRI)

Information for clinicians on Cutaneous Radiation Injury.

CDC

WebsiteClinicians

Radiological Terrorism: Emergency Management Pocket Guide for Clinicians

This pocket guide is designed as a quick reference for clinicians, including physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals, who will provide emergency care in a hospital setting following a radiological terrorism incident.

CDC

WebsiteClinicians, Public Health Professionals

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 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
 

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