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Protective Action Guides (PAGs)

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In the event of a radiological emergency, responders can instruct the public to take protective actions such as staying indoors to prevent exposure to unhealthy amounts of radiation. EPA developed a manual of Protective Action Guides to help responders plan for radiation emergencies.

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Updates to the PAG Manual

EPA is seeking public comment on a proposed revision of the current PAG Manual: The update, titled “PAG Manual: Protective Action Guides and Planning Guidance for Radiological Incidents,” includes new science, expands the document's relevancy to more than just nuclear power plants and incorporates recent guidance on re-entry, cleanup and waste disposal. Comments were accepted until 09/16/2013. The comment period is now closed.


Protective Action Guides (PAGs)

Protective Action Guides (PAGs) suggest precautions that state and local authorities can take during an emergency to keep people from receiving an amount of radiation that might be dangerous to their health. EPA developed the PAG Manual to provide guidance on actions to protect the public, such as having people evacuate an area or stay indoors.


About the PAG Manual

EPA developed the PAG Manual-- to provide guidance on protective actions and when to take them. The manual contains radiation dose guidelines that would trigger protective actions like evacuation or staying indoors. The PAG Manual is a planning guide for emergency responders, and does not change federal, state or local environmental standards. Emergency responders can use the manual for any radiation incident, such as spills of radioactive material, the detonation of a radiological dispersal device (RDD) or “dirty bomb” or an accident at a nuclear power plant.


Download the 1992 Manual and Supplement

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The PAG Manual and its supplement are available as downloads in PDF format:

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Training in use of the PAGs

FEMA's Emergency Management Institute has two Independent Study Courses on Radiation:

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Other Radiation Response Guidance

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In addition to EPA’s PAGs Manual, the following radiological emergency response guidance is available:

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