What does sheltering mean?

This animation explains what sheltering means. Sheltering is one of the government’s measures to protect people in the event of a nuclear accident. The others are 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.

(On-screen title: What does sheltering mean? An animation.)

VOICE-OVER: What does sheltering mean?

(A figure runs to a house.)

If, despite all the safety systems, radioactive materials are still released,
you may be asked to take shelter.
Sheltering means: going inside, closing windows and doors
and shutting off ventilation or air supply systems.
Experts make calculations based on the accident and on the weather conditions.
For up-to-date information,
check the Security Region's website and/or crisis.nl.

(The screen of a telephone says: NL-Alert. Next to the phone, a radio with an antenna appears. The hands of a clock turn quickly.)


If there is time, you can do something else first.
Make preparations. You may have to stay indoors for a few hours.
Get your children out of school or day care if these are in the area.
Go inside. Close all windows and doors.
Listen to the news.

(A figure shuts an air vent. A checkmark appears over a family sitting indoors.)


Make sure you'll have enough food and drinks.

(A television, tablet, laptop, radio and mobile phone appear.)

Listen to the news.

(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.