Radiological Emergency Management Independent Study Course 4-12 Actions Inside Shelter Once safely in a shelter, secure all unnecessary vents or openings to prevent the wind from blowing fallout particles into the shelter. Unnecessary openings would be doors and windows since they are not necessary for the survival of the occupants. Ventilation passages must be kept open all or most of the time; they are considered vital to the survival of the shelter's occupants. Contamination of food and water supplies is not a big problem. Public water supplies will generally be safe for use, and any food or water stored in a shelter should be used. Uncontaminated food and water supplies should be used first. Thereafter, contaminated supplies should be used. Do not keep anyone from eating or drinking on the basis that supplies may be contaminated. The remote health risks associated with consuming contaminated food and water are preferable to starvation .
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