Dirty Bombs. Bill Hall EP&R Epidemiologist Eastern Shore (VA) Health District. What is a “Dirty Bomb” ?. A dirty bomb or radiological dispersion device (RDD), is a bomb that combines conventional explosives, such as dynamite, with radioactive materials in the form of powder or pellets.
Eastern Shore (VA) Health District
Extreme risk due to minimal to
complete lack of security present
To minimize exposure maximize your distance
HOT ZONEWARM ZONECOLD ZONE
Incidents occurring in heavily populated areas could effect several hundreds, if not thousands of potential radiation victims.
Anywhere that people passing by might get a significant dose of radiation is a potential target hazard.
Firefighters / Paramedics (Responding to fires, explosions, hazmat spills, and medical calls)
Law Enforcement(Investigating suspicious activity, serving warrants, etc...)
US Coast Guard(Inspecting vessels, responding to waterborne emergencies)
Hospital Emergency Department Staff(Large event and walk in emergencies)
Tools are needed to help first
Responders recognize the
radiological nature of an event.
All suspicious activity should be reported to the police
immediately for questioning.