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The best way to protect yourself and your family during a disaster is preparing for the worst ahead of time.  Simple steps like buying bottled water, batteries, canned food, and other necessities are a good way to get started in your family's disaster preparation.

Preparing for radiological incidents include a few more steps and involve tapping resources available from the radiological emergency response plan.  They include notifying responders of special needs and obtaining equipment, among other things.

Persons With Access and Functional Needs

Your local emergency management organization is prepared to help you if you have access or functional needs during a public emergency - Let your local Emergency Management Director know in advance if you need any special assistance during an emergency. 

Agricultural Operations

At times during radiological emergencies farms will be advised to put animals on stored feed and water.  For more on farm preparation visit our Downloads and Resources page.

For more information for farmers and food processors, contact:

UVM Extension System
11 University Way, Suite 4
Brattleboro, VT 05301
866-622-2990 or 802-656-2990


Plan how to take your pets with you.   For more on planning for your pets needs visit our Evacuation page.

Potassium Iodide 

Potassium Iodide (KI) blocks the uptake of radioactive iodine into the thyroid gland. With the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor shut down for over a year, there is no longer a threat of a release of radioactive iodine. Contact the  Vermont Department of Health for more information.