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Radiological and Chemical Preparedness Resources

Human-caused disasters are extremely hazardous events that are caused by human beings. Some examples of human-caused disaster emergencies include chemical spills, hazardous material spills, explosions, chemical or biological attacks, nuclear blasts, train accidents, plane crashes, or groundwater contamination.

Communities are also vulnerable to threats posed by extremist groups who use violence against both people and property. Many of these disasters can cause death, injuries, and loss of property. Review these resources to assist environmental health professionals in planning and educating the public on human-caused disaster issues.

Radiological Disaster Preparedness Resources

  • Radiological Terrorism a toolkit for Public Health Officials: CDC | Webpage
  • Decontamination for Yourself and Others, CDC | PDF
  • Where to go in a Radiation Emergency, CDC | PDF
  • Dirty Bombs Fact Sheet, U.S. NRC | PDF
  • Public Health Laboratories to Respond to Radiological Readiness, AHPL, PubMed | PDF
  • Radiological and Nuclear Devices, CIA | PDF

Chemical Disaster Preparedness Resources

  • Chemical Agents: Facts about Sheltering in Place, CDC | Webpage
  • Chemical Agents: Facts About Personal Cleaning and Disposal of Contaminated Clothing, CDC | Webpage
  • Public Health Emergency Response Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Public Health Directors- Version 2.0, CDC | PDF
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA | Webpage