How would the Dutch government respond to a nuclear accident?

This animation explains how the government would respond to a nuclear accident. Various measures can be taken to protect people. Sheltering, evacuation and taking iodine tablets. This prevents too much radioactive material getting into people’s bodies. Incidentally, the risk of a nuclear accident is very small.

How would the Dutch government respond to a nuclear accident?

(On-screen title: How would the government respond to a nuclear accident? An animation.)

VOICE-OVER: How would the government respond to a nuclear accident?

(A radioactive cloud rises out of a nuclear power plant.)

Any radioactive materials released into the air are spread by the wind.

(The cloud drifts toward a village with, among other things, a school and a church.)

Showers of rain carry them to the ground,
while heavier particles just drop out of the sky.
We want to protect people from these radioactive materials.
To this end, we can implement various measures.
Sheltering, evacuation and taking iodine tablets.

(A figure runs to a house.)

Sheltering offers people temporary protection against radiation from a cloud
and prevents radioactivity from being inhaled.

(A figure gets in the backseat of a car.)

Evacuation protects people by getting them out of the area.

(The car drives off.)

Iodine tablets reduce the risk of thyroid cancer.

(A lorry drives past a pasture with cows and a glasshouse in it.)

Other types of measures can also be taken,
such as a grazing and transport ban or shutting greenhouses.

(A plate is full of food.)

This stops radioactive materials getting into people's bodies via their food.

(Two figures are in a control room.)

Various security systems keep the risk of a nuclear accident as low as possible.
However, should something happen,
everything will be done to limit the release of radioactive substances.

(The Dutch coat of arms, next to: Authority for Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection. The screen turns dark green and white. On-screen text: For more information, visit: www.anvs.nl.)

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More information: www.anvs.nl.