Radiation FAQs - Japan Nuclear Emergency March 2011

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No current radiation threat in California from Japanese nuclear emergency

  • According to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), there is currently no danger to California residents from Japan's nuclear emergency.
  • The California Department of Public Health and Napa Countyare monitoring the situation closely and will alert the public if recommendations change.
  • Napa County Public Health does NOT recommend taking potassium iodide at this time. Potassium iodide can have serious side effects and should not be taken unless recommended.
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What’s the risk for California from the current nuclear power emergency in Japan?
What are you doing to assess the risk?
What resources does California have to tell if radiation is present in the environment?
Does California have a plan in place to respond to a radiological emergency?
Does California stockpile supplies for such an emergency?
Should I be taking potassium iodide (KI) to protect myself?
Is there a hotline I can call for more information?