04/27/10 222 W, 1 I - + 5 - 2 Preparing For Nuclear Disaster

How's that for the provocative headline of the day? Much more exciting than, say, Wake to Distribute Preparedness Potassium Iodide, which is the title of yesterday's press release, announcing that residents located with the ten-mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) of the Harris Nuclear Power Plant will receive potassium iodide (KI) tablets on two dates in May. The distribution is part of joint preparedness planning by Chatham, Harnett, Lee, and Wake Counties. The KI tablets, if taken appropriately and within the appropriate time, reduce the risk of thyroid cancer but blocking absorption of radioactive iodine. Read the entire press release. And here's a nifty map of the EPZ.

As prior posts attest, Mr. Blogger enjoys reading emergency preparedness materials from the Cold War-era, when the nation was building fallout shelters and school children were being taught to duck and cover. Such instructional material still exists and in present-day format, such as this helpful guide found via Google called What to Do If a Nuclear Disaster is Imminent! Check out the diagrams for easy lean-to-shelter construction in basements, which would be great, except that there aren't terribly many basements in these parts. The same site also sells "nuclear preparedness products," such as KI pills, personal radiation monitors and alarms, and Civil Defense Geiger counters and dosimeters. Go shopping.

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