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Sebastopol, CA Fire Department
Wednesday March 16th, 2011 :: 08:39 a.m. PDT

Advisory

Statement from California's Department of Public Health and Emergency Management Agency on Risk of Radiation Exposure

The City of Sebastopol is in constant contact with the Sonoma County Operational Area staff and the State of California Emergency Management Agency, and will forward any and all important updates regarding the radiation situation in Japan.

Below is the most recent statement from the State Public Health Agency:

NEWS RELEASE

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Jay Alan, Cal EMA, Dir. of Communications

(916) 825-6544

media@calema.ca.gov

Al Lundeen, CA Dept. of Public Health

(916) 440-7259









Statement from California's Department of Public Health and Emergency Management Agency on Risk of Radiation Exposure




SACRAMENTO - Today the interim director of the California Department of Public Health, Dr. Howard Backer, and acting secretary of the California Emergency Management Agency, Mike Dayton, issued the following statement emphasizing Californians' safety from radiation exposure and the risks of taking potassium iodide as a precautionary measure.



"The safety of all Californians is our highest priority, and we are in constant contact with the federal agencies responsible for monitoring radiation levels across the West Coast.



We want to emphasize that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have all stated that there is no risk expected to California or its residents as a result of the situation in Japan.



We are actively monitoring the situation in Japan and are ready to take all steps necessary to protect Californians should risks develop.



We urge Californians to not take potassium iodide as a precautionary measure. It is not necessary given the current circumstances in Japan, it can present a danger to people with allergies to iodine, shellfish or who have thyroid problems, and taken inappropriately it can have serious side effects including abnormal heart rhythms, nausea, vomiting, electrolyte abnormalities and bleeding.



Our thoughts are with the people of Japan at this tragic time."



Californians with questions about radiation exposure can contact the California Department of Public Health's Emergency Operations information line at 916 341-3947.



For updated information on monitoring, response and relief efforts in California and Japan, please visit the California Emergency Management Agency website at www.calema.ca.gov.



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Address/Location
Sebastopol, CA Fire Department
7425 Bodega Ave
Sebastopol, CA 95472

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 707-823-8061

John E. Zanzi
Sebastopol Fire Department
jzanzi@sonic.net
707-823-8061

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