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CDC Tool Helps Public Health Officials Communicate Radiation Emergency

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released the newly developed Radiation Hazard Scale to help public health officials communicate with the public in a radiation emergency. Designed to be simple to understand, the tool’s scale is intended to communicate relative hazards to people under emergency conditions when exact radiation exposure parameters are not available. During the emergency, environmental scientists and radiation safety experts will evaluate the data and, in conjunction with emergency management authorities and public health officials, assign radiation hazard categories. More information is available on the CDC website.