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Depending on the speed at which the area of the RDD detonation was evacuated or how successful people were at sheltering-in-place, the number of deaths and injuries from an RDD might not be substantially greater than from a conventional bomb explosion.
If there were threat of a nuclear attack, people living near potential targets could be advised to evacuate or they could decide on their own to evacuate to an area not considered a likely target. Protection from radioactive fallout would require taking shelter in an underground area or in the middle of a large building.
No immediate health effects would be expected in the general public from a nuclear power plant accident. That is because the amount of radiation present would be too small to cause immediate injury or illness. However, there is a risk of long-term health effects and cancer may develop many years after the exposure.
To assess your vulnerability to the threat of a Nuclear Plant Incident to your family and property, perform an assessment to determine if you have knowledge of, are prepared and/or have a plan by answering certain questions.
Although the construction and operation of nuclear power plants are closely monitored and regulated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), accidents are possible and severe accidents are very rare. A nuclear plant emergency could result in dangerous levels of radiation that could affect the health and safety of the public living near the nuclear power plant.
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Nuclear or radiation emergencies may be intentional (e.g., caused by terrorists) or unintentional. Some examples of different types of radiation emergency incidents that could happen in your area are:
Radioactive contamination and radiation exposure could occur if radioactive materials are released into the environment as the result of an accident, an event in...