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Radiological Emergency Information for Farmers, Food Processors and Distributors

Washington Military Department, Emergency Management Division

This booklet contains information to help food producers and home gardeners take effective action during and after a radiological emergency. This booklet is intended to address only those areas where contamination levels are such that the only health risk they pose is from the ingestion of significant quantities of contaminated food and water, not from direct exposure. Contaminated areas where there is a risk of direct exposure will have their access restricted. A radiological emergency at the WNP-2 commercial power plant or the U.S. Department of Energy facilities on the Hanford Site near Richland could effect Washington State residents in the surrounding counties. While it is unlikely that an emergency will occur, it is important to be prepared because of the potential impact to public health and safety, and the agricultural community. In an emergency, radioactive materials may be released to the environment. You may be advised of actions that you can take to provide additional protection for your family and workers, your animals, and farm products. State and local emergency response agencies will provide specific information on actions that you should take at the time of the emergency. This booklet contains information to help you plan for the recommended actions. The information in this booklet may also be useful in helping you deal with other kinds of emergencies. During any emergency, your first concern should be the safety of your family, your employees, and yourself.


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