Emergency Management Ontario, which is responsible for public safety in the unlikely event of a nuclear emergency, provides these tips for people who live near a Canadian nuclear facility.
If there’s an incident, people who live or work within 10 km of a nuclear plant should:
- go inside and turn on your radio, TV or computer
- listen to media for instructions from the provincial government
- follow the directions provided by the provincial government
Emergency Bulletins will be issued by Ontario through local radio and television stations, and social media. These bulletins will:
- identify that a concern exists and where it’s occurring
- advise on precautionary and protective measures
- announce when the emergency is over
Normally people are evacuated from an area well before radiation is released into the atmosphere, so radioactive contamination is very unlikely.
If there is a concern, you may be asked to:
- stay indoors
- close all windows and doors
- turn off heating or air conditioning to avoid bringing potentially contaminated air indoors
- be ready to leave your home if the situation changes
If you’re told to leave your home:
- close and lock windows and doors
- follow instructions and routes given by officials
- bring important documents and identification, sufficient clothing, medication, canned or dried food, water, cash, baby needs, medical equipment, and pets and their food, carriers, leashes and vaccination forms with you.