Evacuation is one of the protective measures provided for in the emergency response plan.
The evacuation of inhabitants from one specific zone may be ordered either before or after a radioactive cloud passes over, depending on the scale and characteristics of the accident and the weather conditions.
The Radiological Evaluation Cell, made up in particular of experts from the Department for Radiation Protection at the Ministry of Health, will carry out an analysis of the situation.
- Evacuation before a radioactive cloud passes over may be ordered if there is a period of at least several hours between the accident inside the nuclear power station and the presumed emission of the radioactive cloud and if the consequences of the accident could be serious for the people living in the regions that may be affected.Several hours may pass between the accident and the release phase.
- Evacuation after a radioactive cloud passes over may be ordered if, on the basis of the results of the radioactivity measurements taken, the quantity of radioactive depositions would cause levels of irradiation that would pose a danger to health if the population remained in its current location.
It should be noted that in the event of an evacuation, you should follow the instructions of the authorities in all circumstances and at all times. All the measures set in the government's emergency response plan in the event of a nuclear accident aim to provide the best possible protection for the population of Luxembourg.