Radiological Emergency Management 1 Radiological Emergency Management PREFACE In a radiological emergency, effects caused by radiation may be a significant concern. Throughout this course, the term radiation refers to ionizing or nuclear radiation. Radiological emergency management is a term that describes efforts to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from an event that could result in significant radiation-related effects. Efforts to prevent radiological emergencies include actions to stop such events from happening and actions that decrease the harmful effects of such an occurrence. Efforts to prepare for a radiological emergency include learning the warning signs and knowing what to do during an emergency. Responding to a radiological emergency means taking appropriate actions to protect yourself and others from harm. Recovering from a radiological emergency includes actions performed after an emergency to return to normal. Ionizing radiation cannot normally be seen by the human eye, nor can it be smelled, heard, or otherwise
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