In response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Chicago has joined the State of Illinois in issuing a Stay at Home order effective Saturday, March 21st at 5pm CT. In addition, City of Chicago facilities are closed to the public. Staff are prioritizing essential services to protect the health and safety of our residents and employees. As such, we may be delayed in responding to non-essential inquiries and service requests. To stay up to date on the City of Chicago’s COVID-19 response, please click here.
A nuclear blast is an explosion with intense light and heat, a damaging pressure wave and widespread radioactive material that can contaminate the air, water and ground surfaces for miles around. During a nuclear incident, it is important to avoid radioactive material, if possible. While experts predict that a nuclear attack at this time is less likely than other types, terrorism by its nature is unpredictable. The World Health Organization recommends these steps if a nuclear blast occurs:
IF YOU ARE NEAR THE BLAST:
IF YOU ARE OUTSIDE WHEN THE BLAST OCCURS:
IF YOU ARE ALREADY IN A SHELTER OR BASEMENT:
IF YOU ARE ADVISED TO EVACUATE:
Get more information about nuclear blasts and other radiation emergencies on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website www.cdc.gov.
Learn more about how to prepare for a nuclear emergency at www.ready.gov.