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What to Do If You Hear the Sirens


1. Listen for a steady three-minute siren signal. The signal will be sounded four times within 15 minutes.

2. Turn on your radio or television and tune in to one of the EAS stations. The EAS stations will have the most timely and accurate information concerning the accident.

What to Do When Told to Take Shelter

In-house shelter may be recommended during a nuclear power station accident. This means going indoors and remaining indoors until the emergency is over. This action will reduce an individual’s exposure to radiation resulting from a radioactive release of short duration.

When Instructed by Local and State Emergency Officials to Take Shelter

1. Go indoors and close all windows and doors. Turn off fans and heating and air conditioning that require outside air, and close any other air intakes.

2. Do not use your telephone unless absolutely necessary. Keep phone lines open for emergency communication.

3. Put livestock under cover and provide them with stored feed and water.

4. Cover all open food containers. The food, water and milk supplies in your home are safe for consumption.

5. Do not eat any produce from a vegetable garden until you are advised. The produce may become contaminated in the event of a radioactive release.

6. Remain indoors until officially notified that the emergency is over.

Remember, it is essential that you stay tuned to your local EAS radio or television stations for emergency information.


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