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"To Protect the Public Health and Safety by providing technical advice to first responders and  technical assessments during recovery operations to minimize radiation exposures to the public, workers and reduce economic loss."

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The Radiological Health Program maintains a duty officer who is available 24 hours a day to respond to a radiological emergency.  The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) coordinates the response of all state agencies responding to an emergency.  The VDEM will in turn contact the Radiological Health Duty Officer for assistance regarding radiological emergencies.  Local jurisdictions may ask specifically for assistance from Radiological Health when contacting the VDEM.  Your call will be monitored.

Emergency Contact:

VDEM State Emergency Operations Center  (804) 674-2400 or  In-state toll free 1-800-468-8892.

Citizens needing emergency assistance should contact their local emergency services number or 911.  Incidents involving radiation that are not an emergency, but are urgent, such as a radiation monitor alarming at a scrap metal facility or at a landfill, should contact the Radiological Health Program directly during normal business hours.  Also if you have a Virginia Radioactive Materials License and are required to provide an immediate notification you may contact us at the number below:

Non emergency contact: (804) 864-8150 or FAX (804) 864-8155

Radiological Health Program | James Madison Building, 7th Floor | 109 Governor Street,  Room 730 | Richmond, VA  23219 | Telephone (804) 864-8150 | Fax: (804) 864-8155


Last Updated: 10-01-2013

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