Dirty Bomb Emergency Kit™
Detects radiation and significantly removes radioactive material from human skin and other surfaces after a dirty bomb attack or other radiological events.
- Instantly detects radiation
- Significantly decontaminates radioactive material from human skin and other surfaces after a dirty bomb attack, nuclear reactor accident or other radiological event
- Filters radiation from fresh water drinking supplies
- Reduces inhalation of certain radioisotopes
- Principle components are either FDA, DHS, NELAC or NIOSH tested (see details)
- Designed for protection for one person
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- 1 (one) Radiacwash™ Spray Mist (16 oz): This 16 oz. bottle with spray trigger safely, quickly, and significantly removes radioactive material from yourself and from other surfaces. Radiacwash™ is recommended by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in their report “Guide for the Selection of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Decontamination Equipment for Emergency First Responders”. These liquids come in convenient-to-use 16 oz. or 32 oz. bottles (depending on the kit you purchase) with accompanying trigger sprayers. Our solutions are made from cosmetic-grade, FDA-approved materials and are not radioactive before use.
- 1 (one) RADTriage™ Personal Radiation Detector: This military-grade dosimeter was tested and recommended by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as documented in the Department of Homeland Security Final Test Report on the RADTriage (SIRAD)
- 1 (one) Radiation Water Filtration Straw: Removes radiological contaminants from fresh water supplies and was tested by NELAC (an association of testing labs formed by state/federal government).
- 2 (two) N95 Masks: Can be used to prevent inhalation of certain alpha particles and certain low-energy beta particles.
- 10 (ten) Rad Wipes: are plastic-backed super absorbent to prevent leakage of decontamination solutions, such as Radiacwash and Iodowash™, to hands, gloves, and countertops.
- 4 (four) Disposable Vinyl Gloves: To be used with the Radiacwash Spray Mist and Rad Wipes.
- 4 (four) Radiacwash Towelettes: wipe away radiation contamination from hands and small objects. Individually packaged towelettes saturated in a special Radiacwash solution. Recommended by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as documented in U.S. Department of Homeland Security report, which recommends use of Radiacwash to decontaminate radioactive metal isotopes, such as Cesium 137, Strontium-90, Thallium and Cobalt-60.
- 1 (one) Rad-Waste Bag: Ensures safe handling and disposal of radioactive clothing/gloves/wipes. Imprinted with standard radiation symbol on yellow color bag. Fits a variety of containers. 4 mil. polyethylene 24″x36″
Who uses or recommends Radiacwash™ for radiation decontamination?
- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security in their Guide for the Selection of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Decontamination Equipment for Emergency First Responders (page 50, Section 3.5.1)
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) includes Radiacwash on its suggested supply list for decontamination during a radiation emergency.
- The U.S. Naval Hospital has successfully used Radiacwash since at least 1964!
- Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory with the U.S. Department of Energy, Northern Marshall Islands Radiological Survey.
- Office of Health and Environmental Safety, University of Arkansas. and many other university labs.
- Harvard’ Environmental Health and Safety Division
- U.S. Department of Energy
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Nuclear Regulatory Agency radiation event report
What is a Dirty Bomb?
In today’s world of terrorism and nuclear proliferation, many people rightly worry about a radiological event. Most people, however, are confused by how a radiological event could occur and how to mitigate the damage. Some background:
- A “dirty bomb” is a conventional explosive, such as dynamite, salted with radioactive waste that scatters when the bomb detonates. It is not a nuclear bomb. There is no mushroom cloud. (Think ‘car bomb’). A dirty bomb can kill or injure through the initial blast of the conventional explosive and through the dispersal of the radioactive materials– hence the term “dirty.”
- After a dirty bomb attack , those affected should remove as much radioactive material as possible from a surface or from human skin. The sooner the mitigation and decontamination is attempted, the better.
- Radiation will typically occur when atoms of certain basic elemental material begin a process of change in their atomic structure. These elemental materials will likely come from the Transition Metal Group (eg. Cobalt, Cesium, Strontium, Thallium) or the Actinide Metal Group (eg. Uranium, Plutonium, Technetium, Radium). It is most likely that a dirty bomb attack will involve the Transition Metal Group since these metals are more readily available to terrorists and others. Radiacwash is specifically formulated to decontaminate metallic ions.
Should I take potassium iodide in the event of a dirty bomb?
- The short answer is no – and that is because Potassium Iodide protects the thyroid from radioactive iodine which is a by-product of nuclear fission only. Fission only occurs during the detonation of a nuclear bomb or within a nuclear reactor. Because of this, radioactive iodine (also known as I-131) would be very difficult to obtain to create a dirty bomb. The only way to obtain radioactive iodine would be from a nuclear research reactor facility that produces radioactive iodine pills for thyroid cancer therapy (kills off all thyroid tissue including cancer-ridden cells) or a hospital that has such a I-131 therapy room . Because radioactive iodine would most likely not be released in a dirty bomb detonation, potassium iodide administration would be unnecessary. Our Iodowash™ product, which decontaminates surfaces and skin from radioactive iodine specifically, is available in some of our other radiation protection emergency kits.
Will I be completely protected?
- No product will always completely decontaminate all surfaces or water supplies. The level of decontamination will be affected by the weather conditions and other factors in the area of use and by the exposure to recontamination. For example, in the event of radioactive dust in a dirty bomb attack, decontaminated areas may become recontaminated if the surface areas (including yourself) are not quickly secured. Also, porous surfaces are difficult to decontaminate to high decontamination levels. The relative strength of the radioactive material and the time length of exposure will also affect the ability to decontaminate.
- Damage to the human body and organs from radiation are a function of energy (how powerful the radioactive material is) and distance away from the source. After decontamination, move the radioactive material (wipes, gloves, clothing, etc.) that you have put into the yellow Rad-Waste bag labeled “radioactive materials” as far away from you as possible and alert the proper authorities for removal.