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What to do during a nuclear power plant emergency

Published April 14. 2011 05:01PM

The following are guidelines for what you should do if a nuclear power plant emergency occurs. Keep a battery-powered radio with you at all times and listen to the radio for specific instructions. Close and lock doors and windows.

If you are told to evacuate:

•Keep car windows and vents closed; use recirculating air.

If you are advised to remain indoors:

•Turn off the air conditioner, ventilation fans, furnace, and other air intakes.

•Go to a basement or other underground area, if possible.

•Do not use the telephone unless absolutely necessary.

If you expect you have been exposed to nuclear radiation:

•Change clothes and shoes.

•Put exposed clothing in a plastic bag.

•Seal the bag and place it out of the way.

•Take a thorough shower.

•Keep food in covered containers or in the refrigerator. Food not previously covered should be washed before being put into containers.

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