Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Committee

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Radiological Threats

A "dirty bomb" could use common explosives to spread radioactive materials over a targeted area. It is not the same as a nuclear blast. The force of the explosion and radioactive contamination would be more localized. While a blast would be immediately obvious, the presence of radiation would not be verified until trained personnel with specialized equipment arrive on the scene. As with any radiation, it is important to try to limit exposure. It is important to avoid breathing radiological dust that may be released in the air.

If There is a Radiation Threat or "Dirty Bomb"

As with any emergency, local authorities may not be able to immediately provide information on what is happening and what you should do. However, you should watch TV, listen to the radio, or check the Internet often for official news and information as it becomes available.

Information courtesy of ReadyAmerica.