What to do in case of radiation related emergencies

What should the public do in case of radiation-related emergencies? Here are some basic steps to follow, which were derived from the National Radiological Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan (RADPLAN) from the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI).

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  1. Do not panic. Remain calm.
  2. Protect yourself from radiation exposure. Make effective use of the principles of time, distance and shielding:
    • Time - The radiation dose is reduced if exposure time to the radioactive material is kept to a minimum.
    • Distance - Exposure dose is decreased the farther you are from the radiation source.
    • Shielding - Thick, heavy and dense materials such as concrete, lead, earth or steel reduces the radiation intensity.
  3. Stay indoors and close your windows.
  4. Watch out for emergency information from television and radio.
A downloadable copy of RADPLAN is available on this page.