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Nuclear Emergencies

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A nuclear emergency could result from either a threat or an actual accidental or intentional release of potentially harmful radioactive materials. In either situation, risks to health willl result with exposure to radiation.

It is important to remember that the likelihood of a nuclear or radiological incident of any kind is remote due to the stringent controls in place for the movement and use of radioactive materials.

All levels of government, as well as operators of nuclear facilities in Canada, have emergency plans in place.

As with any emergency situation, remain calm. In the event of a nuclear incident of any kind, the degree of risk to health from exposure to radiation would be quickly determined, and the appropriate governments would take immediate measures to limit dangers of exposure. Canadians would be informed immediately of exactly what they should do.

You may be told for instance, to minimize the outside air from entering your home. If so, immediately close doors and windows and turn off air exchangers and heat recovery units. If you were outside around the time of a nuclear emergency, as soon as possible, remove your clothes and seal them in a plastic bag. Rinse your hair and body in the shower and then put on clean clothes from a closed drawer or closet. Find your emergency supplies kit, turn off appliances and stay indoors until otherwise advised.

Depending on the incident and risk to health, you could be visited by emergency services personnel who would appropriately advise you what actions to take.

Listen to the radio for information on the actions governments are taking to protect your health and safety and for possible evacuation instructions.