Municipality continues to monitor radiation situation in Japan
Contact: Jennifer Ruggles
According to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the United States is not expected to experience any harmful levels of radiation from Japan's damaged nuclear reactors. Currently Alaska is not seeing nor does it anticipate seeing any radiation above normal background levels. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) monitors for radioactivity throughout the national network of monitoring stations called RADNET. Alaska currently has active monitoring stations in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Nome, and Dutch Harbor. The Municipality of Anchorage, Department of Health and Human Services will continue to work closely with our State and Federal partners to monitor the evolving situation. Should the situation change, DHHS staff will notify the public through regular media channels and its website Muni.org/Health.
As the recent tragic events in Japan have reminded all citizens, emergencies can strike at any time often when least expected.. Please visit the following websites for more information on how to prepare a family emergency kit and plan.
http://www.muni.org/departments/oem/pages/default.aspx or http://www.hss.state.ak.us/prepared/radiological.htm