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Information for Radiation Volunteers

Radiological Incidents

A nuclear or radiological incident may result from a deliberate act, an accident, or negligence, and may be related to:

    • Nuclear power plants

    • Industrial uses of radioactive materials

    • Naturally-occurring radioactive materials

    • Transportation accidents

    • Acts of terrorism  

Population Monitoring

Population monitoring is a process that begins soon after a radiological incident is reported and continues until all potentially affected people have been assessed and evaluated for:

    • Needed emergency medical care

    • Radioactive materials contamination on the body and clothing

    • Intake of radioactive materials into the body

    • Removal of external contamination

    • Radiation dose received

    • Need for medical follow up

Need for Volunteers

In a large radiological incident, local and state responders could be quickly overwhelmed by the large numbers of people who need to be assessed/evaluated. Radiation professionals would be needed who could volunteer to assist in population monitoring efforts. The State of California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) maintains the Disaster Healthcare Volunteer (DHV) website, where radiation professionals can register by providing their qualifications and contact information. Radiation professionals who wish to volunteer in the event of a large radiological incident should be pre-registered. Registration does not obligate volunteers to serve during an emergency. Those registered will be contacted and given information about the incident and the opportunity to accept or decline service as a volunteer.  

Learn More

To learn more about population monitoring, including how to volunteer, use the links below:

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