The false alert sent to everyone in Hawaii this past Saturday caused panic and alarm. Now that it is clear there is no immediate threat, this unfortunate incident can serve as a reminder to prepare for all types of hazards and emergencies. Do you know what to do in the case of a radiation emergency? The CDC created a webpage with a simple, clear public message for what to do after a nuclear detonation. Also available is the CDC infographic, Nuclear Weapon.
NLM’s Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) resource gives healthcare providers guidance on diagnosis and treatment during radiation emergencies. It also provides:
In addition, Module 5 of the NLM Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) course focuses on REMM. The course as a whole provides a comprehensive background on all CBRNE threats. A Disaster Lit® search finds numerous freely available documents and resources on preparing for and responding to radiation emergencies.