Make a Disaster Plan
- How will you get to a safe place?
- How will you contact each other?
- Who will you contact to let them know you are okay?
- What is the contact information for your work, school, family members, health care providers, and insurance providers?
- What is your neighborhood meeting place?
- What is your regional meeting place?
Build a Kit
- Non-perishable food
- Water for drinking and sanitation
- Battery-powered radio
- First aid kit
- Dust mask
- Moist towelettes
- Garbage bags
- Wrench or pliers
- Can opener
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers
Protect your Household from Radon
Radon is a colorless, odorless, naturally occurring, radioactive, gaseous element formed by radioactive decay of radium atoms. As radon itself decays, it produces new radioactive elements called radon daughters. Unlike the gaseous radon itself, radon daughters are solids and stick to surfaces, such as dust particles in the air. If such contaminated dust is inhaled, these particles can stick to the airways of the lung and increase the risk of developing lung cancer.
Due to its heavy nature, radon gas can accumulate at higher than normal concentrations in buildings, especially in low areas such as basements and crawl spaces. Typical entry points of radon into homes are cracks in solid foundations, construction joints, cracks in walls, gaps in suspended floors, gaps around service pipes, cavities inside walls, and the water supply. Radon mostly enters a home directly from the soil through the lowest level in the home that is in contact with the ground. Some level of radon will be found in all homes. High levels of radon in the water supply can also increase indoor radon air levels.
Since radon is a colorless, odorless gas the only way to know how much is present in the air or water is to perform tests. There are relatively simple tests for radon gas. Radon detection devices are commercially available. The short-term radon test devices used for screening purposes are inexpensive, in some cases free. Long term kits, taking collections for up to one year, are also available. An open-land test kit can test radon emissions from the land before construction begins.