Radiation Plume Could Reach US By Friday: 5 Ways To Protect Yourself
Nuclear reactors damaged by the recent earthquakes and tsunami in Japan could cause water-borne radiation plumes to reach the West Coast of the United States as early as Friday, according to predictions by the UN’s Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organisation.
It’s important to note that the UN, the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Japan agree that if radiation leakage is caught up in the ocean currents, it “will be diluted as it travels and, at worst, would have extremely minor health consequences in the United States, even if hints of it are ultimately detectable” (NY Times).
The Treaty Organisation released their predictions to member states on Tuesday, and based their report on weather and current patterns at that time. A shift in weather patterns over the next 24 hours could cause a change in course.
Nevertheless, this unfortunate crisis is far from played out. The next 24 – 48 hours are crucial in Japan’s effort to stop the nuclear fuel rod meltdown. It is entirely unknown whether they will be successful in stopping it.
If you live in the western states or provinces of North America, it is extremely important to be prepared by taking the following actions:
1) Fuel up your vehicle(s) and be ready to hit the road for a possible evacuation (or hunker down if you’re out in the country and feel like you would be safer there).
2) If you plan to stay put, use plastic and duct tape to seal up your windows and doors. This will help protect you from radioactive fallout in the event of a total meltdown.
3) If you plan to evacuate, have a “Go Bag” ready to go at a moment’s notice. This go bag should include a water filter, emergency radio, flashlight, duct tape, emergency knife, spare cash, whatever medical supplies you might need, extra food and water, spare fuel cans and so on.
4) Significantly increase your intake of iodine-containing foods and superfoods starting right now: Seaweeds are a great source. Many stores in California and even Colorado are quickly selling out of all kelp and much of their green foods supplements because people want to counter the effects of radiation naturally.
5) If you have potassium iodide pills (radiation pills), don’t take them yet. Keep them ready to take if and only if a meltdown event occurs and a massive dose of radiation has been released into the atmosphere.
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