Other measures in the event of nuclear accidents

This animation explains other government responses to nuclear accidents. The government takes these measures to prevent radioactively contaminated food from entering the market, for example. The other government measures are evacuation, sheltering and advising people to take iodine. This prevents too much radioactive material getting into people’s bodies. Incidentally, the risk of a nuclear accident is very small.

(On-screen title: Other measures in the event of nuclear accidents. An animation.)

VOICE-OVER: Other measures in the event of nuclear accidents.
A radioactive cloud
can contaminate grass, fruit and vegetables as it passes over an area.
Based on measurements and calculations made by experts,
information is provided about appropriate measures.
Farmers may be asked to keep their livestock inside
and to shut their greenhouses.
Grazing bans can be announced after just a minor contamination of grassland
or in anticipation of potential contamination.

(A carton of milk appears next to grazing cattle.)

Because when cattle eat contaminated grass,
some of the radioactive materials end up in their milk.

(A harvester by a crop in a field.)

A harvesting and slaughter ban prevents radioactive food from entering the market.

(A ticking clock appears next to a fishing boat on the water.)

The government can also restrict trade
in vegetables, meat, fish and milk products, for example,
or close drinking water intake points in a given area.

(Two figures stand 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.)


More information: www.anvs.nl.