Updated: Instructions for Vermonters


For Immediate Release:
May 31, 2009 • 9:00 p.m.

Media Contact:
Communication Office

A dirty bomb is constructed to spread a limited amount of radioactive material with explosives. It is NOT a nuclear bomb. Unless you were in the immediate area of the blasts today, it’s unlikely you were contaminated enough to cause any harm.

Radioactive contamination occurs when radioactive material settles on a surface. That surface could be your body or clothing, a structure or an object. Contamination also can be internal when radioactive materials are eaten, inhaled, injected or absorbed.

You cannot see, smell, feel or otherwise sense radiation. Radiation can only be detected using specialized instruments. With specialized instruments, radiation is easily detected. Emergency responders are skilled in using these instruments, and this work is underway in Vermont.

In some cases, radioactivity may attach to fine dust or other material and be distributed by winds for miles. Because low level radioactive contamination may be carried by winds into the state, Vermonters may be advised to take additional precautions to limit contamination.

Anyone who is in Vermont is NOT in immediate danger. Vermonters and visitors in our state are advised to:

You can also:

For anyone who believes they may have been contaminated from being in the Albany area at the time of the blasts:

Regular updates, information and instructions will be provided through TV and radio. You can also visit http://healthvermont.gov - or - dial 2-1-1 for information in any language.


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