Saturday, January 13, 2007

If Nuclear Reactors Are SAFE, Why Has Homeland Security Made 2007 The Year To Be Ready To Shelter In Place?

OK...someone answer me this. The NRC and our nuclear industry (Entergy/Indian Point) would have us believe that Indian Point is safe, secure and vital. Further, they would have us believe that our evacuation plan will work...they have gone so far, as to eliminate flawed evacuation plans as a reason to deny relicensing! So, if Indian Point and all the other reactors are ever so safe why has Chertoff and Homeland Security made 2007 the year for Americans to be ready to SHELTER IN PLACE?

Resolve to be Ready in 2007

December 28, 2006
— Americans can make a New Year’s resolution that is both important and easy to keep – to prepare themselves, their families and their businesses for emergencies. "We want 2007 to be a year when our nation’s families and businesses take steps to prepare for emergencies," said Secretary Michael Chertoff. "Setting a clear goal to be prepared in 2007 is an easy way for all Americans to be as ready as possible if an emergency occurs."

Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:

- Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
- Local maps

Additional Items to Consider Adding to an Emergency Supply Kit:

- Prescription medications and glasses
- Infant formula and diapers
- Pet food and extra water for your pet
- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
- Cash or traveler's checks and change
- Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
- Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. -Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
- Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
- Fire Extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
- Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
- Paper and pencil
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

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