What is evacuation?

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

VOICE-OVER: What is evacuation?

(Three figures appear at a meeting table. They look at one another.)

Experts assess whether it would be better
for some groups living in a certain area to leave.

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

If you belong to such a group,
you will receive instructions to prepare for evacuation.

(A hospital, a prison and a nursing home appear along a road.)

The evacuation of special sites,

(Two busses and an ambulance drive by.)

such as hospitals, prisons or care centres.
After all, that takes more time.

(The Dutch cities of Petten and Borssele, as well as the Belgian city of Doel, are marked on a map.)

The Dutch emergency services
have evacuation plans for people living close to the power stations.
Ten kilometres from Borssele, ten kilometres from Doel and three kilometres from Petten.

(A question mark appears over two people. On-screen text: Think about where you can go. Get your things ready. Think about who you can take with you.)

What can you do in advance?
Plan where to go.
Have everything ready.
Plan who to take with you.

(A mobile phone with a list of contacts on it.)

Plan where to go.
To family and friends outside the designated area, for example.

(Articles of clothing fly into a suitcase, and toiletries tumble into a bag.)

Have everything ready, like a bag with clothes for a few days and a toiletry bag.

(A figure thinks of an elderly woman.)

Is there someone nearby who has no transportation?
If so, pick them up.

(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.