Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear emergency

Shasta County Public Health continues to work with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and its state and federal partners, who are monitoring this situation closely. Shasta County, California and the nation have extensive emergency response plans in place that would be used if a local emergency should arise. Currently, scientists do not believe that hazardous levels of radiation from Japan will reach California, and we will alert you about ways to protect yourselves if circumstances change.

People should not be taking potassium iodide.  It is not necessary given the current circumstances in Japan and it can have serious side effects. More information is available here.

This situation is an opportunity to ensure that your family has an emergency preparedness plan in place in case of fire, earthquake or other local disaster.

If you have further questions, you can contact the CDPH Information Line: (916) 341-3947, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.