22. Radiological Event Training

A few weeks ago I mentioned that the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association had conducted a radiological exercise covering their eight counties.  Any actual radiological event involving multiple counties will be a big deal, and many responders will be needed.  Unfortunately, radiological incidents are among the most poorly understood, so the usual responders may be very reluctant to get involved, even if it means risking the loss of their jobs.

Amateur radio operators may have an edge here.  In order to obtain an FCC license hams need a basic understanding of electron behavior, and a Beta particle may be thought of as just an unattached electron.  An Alpha particle is just a helium nucleus and a Gamma ray is a wave somewhat higher in frequency than the microwaves some hams play with.

Anyway, if you would like to be better prepared mentally for a radiological incident, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website has a number of publications and videos available for no cost at http://www.bt.cdc.gov/radiation/resourcelibrary/all.asp.