What are Protective Action Guides (PAGs) and why are they important?
PAGs, or Protective Action Guides, are radiation dose guidelines that would trigger public safety measures, such as evacuation or staying inside, to safeguard public health after a radiation emergency has occurred. The PAGs help responders plan for and respond to radiation emergencies.
Every emergency is different, and the best action or set of actions in one situation may not be appropriate at another time or in another situation.
Officials use the PAGs, combined with their existing local knowledge, to help them make the very important decisions about which emergency steps are warranted and when those steps should be enacted.
For more information, visit Protective Action Guides (PAGs).
- How do officials know when it is time to carry out protective actions?
- How do the PAGs inform safety measures during and after a radiological emergency?
- How does the drinking water PAG work with EPA’s existing Safe Drinking Water Act regulations?
- How is the new PAG Manual being implemented in the FEMA Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Program?
- What are the critical changes between the 1992 and 2017 version of the PAG Manual?
- What is a drinking water PAG?
- When do states need to implement the 2017 PAG Manual?
- Where can I find trainings on using the 2017 PAG Manual?
- Where can I obtain a copy of the EPA's Protective Action Guides Manual?
- Why is there a need for a drinking water PAG when the EPA already has regulations for radionuclides in drinking water?