Nuclear Power Plant Safety and the Public Health Response

Bioterrorism, Chemical & Radiation Emergencies
Online Course
2 hours
University of Alabama
South Central PERLC

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Japan’s Dai-ichi nuclear power plant crisis in 2011 impacted countries thousands of miles away. The crisis shed light on several issues including protective action measures and population monitoring. Globalization and the large number of nuclear reactors around the world underscore the need to educate all members of society, particularly healthcare providers, about nuclear power plant emergencies. Program faculty will discuss methods to solidify preparedness for such rare, yet devastating events.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Describe the general aspects of a nuclear power plant malfunction
  • Discuss potential health effects of a nuclear power plant accident
  • Describe three protective actions measures
  • Discuss the general characteristics of population monitoring after a nuclear power plant accident
PHEP Capabilities: 
Community Preparedness
Mass Care
Responder Safety and Health