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Radiation Emergencies

California continues to prepare for the possibility of a terrorist attack that might include a dirty bomb or other type of device that releases radiation into the environment.

 

Radiation emergencies include some form of radiation threat and often take the form of a “dirty bomb” or “radiological dispersion device (RDD).” In such a situation, common explosives are used to spread radioactive materials over a targeted area.

 

Radiation emergencies are not the same thing as a nuclear blast.

 

Learn more in this section about radiation emergencies and the health risks associated with them. And find out more about what you should do if you see an unattended or suspicious package.

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