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Shelter-in-Place

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In the event of a radiation emergency, such as a nuclear power plant accident or the explosion of a dirty bomb, you may be asked to stay home and take shelter rather than try to evacuate. This action is called "sheltering in place."

Because many radioactive materials rapidly decay and dissipate, staying in your home for a short time may protect you from exposure to radiation. The walls of your home may block much of the harmful radiation.

Taking a few simple precautions can help you reduce your exposure to radiation.

Tips before Entering a Shelter

If you are outside when the alert is given, get inside a stable building as soon as you can. Remove clothing, shoes, and accessories before entering your shelter area.

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Preparing Emergency Supplies

Stock up on supplies, just as you would in case of severe weather conditions or other emergencies. Here is a list of things to consider when preparing your emergency kit.

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