If you know or suspect that a nuclear power plant accident has occurred, you will want to learn more about the situation. When talking to government or plant officials:
QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK OFFICIALS
- Ask for quantitative information (facts and numbers). Don't let officials interpret data for you. Ask for the facts and interpret the information yourself. For example, don't let officials tell you that the radiation levels are safe. Ask what the levels are so that you can decide for yourself.
- Seek details about where and when the release was measured.
- Try to gain access to the scientists doing the monitoring; they are less likely to distort the information than the plant operators.
If you need help interpreting the data you receive from officials, look in the Radiation Information section of this website.