Health Department Advises Following Actions Before Evacuating to Reception Center at Rutland Regional High School
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For Immediate Release: Oct. 25, 2012
Media Contact: Communications Office
Vermont Department of Health
WATERBURY - The Vermont Department of Health is advising anyone who may have been exposed to radioactive material (Cesium 137) released into the air this morning within the impacted zone to take the following actions before evacuating to the reception center at Rutland Regional High School.
- Remove clothing, place in a plastic bag and seal it. Place the bag as far away as possible from humans and animals.
- Shower with soap and water. If you cannot shower, then clean yourself thoroughly with soap and water or a wash cloth. Blow your nose and wash out your eyes, ears and mouth.
- Put on clean clothes and footwear.
- Wash your valuables and any identification that may have been contaminated.
- Pets are also welcome at the reception center. Be sure to wash your pet thoroughly using soap or pet shampoo and water. There will be an area for animals and veterinarians will be on-site.
- Wash hands again.
When these steps are complete, please go to reception center.
“Our first concern is the health and safety of Vermonters and their families. It is critical that you follow instructions to ensure a successful and orderly evacuation,” Gov. Shumlin said.
We are working closely with radiation health and safety officials to determine the extent of contamination with Cesium 137, and currently have experts mapping the plume to determine the flow of contamination.
The Emergency Alert System will continue to broadcast important safety messages over cell phones, radio, television and the Internet.
For more information please visit healthvermont.gov, or call the Vermont Public Information line by dialing 2-1-1.
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