When you think of radiation emergency preparedness....wait. We don’t think about it. It is not on the radar of most people. Even with all the movies about dirty bombs, the unfolding of the 911 tragedy and other events, radiation emergency preparedness is just not on the radar of very many people.
Some who live in Washington DC are more concerned as there have been some articles about this from the nations capitol.
If this kind of preparedness was simple, do you think it is something you should consider?
The first and most important aspect of preparation is knowledge. You do not need to become an expert in radiation poisoning. You do not even need to become an expert survivalist. You only need to know what you need to do and when to do it.
When preparing for a possible emergency situation, it's best to think first about the basics of survival: fresh clean water, salt (this is not usually considered but is essential), food, clean air and warmth.
This is basically common sense things. What is not common is the most important protection from radiation, boosting your glutathione. The things that will help with this are essential.
In the event of an evacuation, have a radiation emergency preparedness exit strategy.
Some situations will require your evacuation. Why not be ready. Learn how to make this fun at the end of this section.
Plan on what things you will take, including your first aid /emergency pack.
Plan on turning off the heat and water to your house. This will prevent further damage if something should go wrong. If time permits and it is or will soon be winter, drain pipes, toilets, and washing machine. Add environmentally friendly antifreeze to the drains.
If separated from your family and unable to get back to your home, have a near and far place to meet. The far meeting place could be several hours away.
Sometimes it is necessary or you will be directed to stay in your home. It may become necessary to have a barrier between you and the outside environment, called "shelter in place."
Plastic, duct tape and other tools to help seal your house from outside contaminants will need to be readily available. These will not cost very much and can be easily labeled and stored.
More advanced preparations will involve getting a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air Filtration) filter fan or fans or a portable air purifier.
These filters will help with dust, mold, smoke and biological agents or other contaminants but they will not stop chemical gases. To get some protection for gas exposure, supplements that will boost your intracellular glutathione will help for minor exposures or may buy time if a major exposure happens and you can get to needed help.
Te best protection would be found staying in water for as long as possible. This would require having a inflatable pool in your basement or if there was water storage in the lower part of your house, and it was unexposed to the outside, it could be an effective protection barrier from the radiation.
Recommended Items for a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:
Water At a minimum, three gallons of water for each person in your home. This only allows for one gallon per day per person. If you were to be prepared for a longer period, much more water would be needed. Remember too, water does not keep well. Bottles need to be replaced at least every 6 months. Best to rotate your stock.
Hydration Survival research suggests that you can live on as little as 32 ounces of water a day. To trigger a water conservation physiology, you will not drink for 24 hours. Then only drink the 32 ounces in 2 portions 12 hours apart.
Note: We do not have any scientific research to back this up. It is based on the research available and our research on hydration physiology. The salt will continue to be at a ratio of 1/8th tsp per 16 ounces of water. Dissolve the water in your mouth so it can get into the blood.
While most texts say we can go three days without water, the reality is we may go up to several days without water if we have limited activity. However, the longer we go past three days, the greater the risk of kidney failure.
There is little information on how long we can go and on how little water we can survive on. In the desert, it is possible to get by with less water. To do so, requires doing a total water fast for 24 hours prior to starting a reduced water intake according to one source. We will be looking for scientific studies on this topic and will update when we find them.
Food At least three days of non-perishable foods. Get foods that do not require refrigeration, preparation, cooking and preferably no water to prepare. Foods stored in metal or aluminum foil are the better choice.
We have interviewed numerous people who have done prolonged fasts, including refugees from the Congo. Many can fast, eat nothing but salt and water, for 10 to 20 days and up to a range of 30-60 days depending on your body fat with no feeling of hunger. Once you do feel hunger at the upper limit of these number of days, it is necessary to slowly start refeeding or eating once again. Start slowly. The hunger is the indicator that your body is feeding off muscle and it is necessary to eat.
Canned meats, fruits and vegetables
Protein Bars or Fruit Bars
Granola or Dry Cereal
High energy foods
Comfort or stress foods
A can opener (the old fashioned manual kind)
Battery-powered or hand crank radio
NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
Extra batteries for both
One month supply of Brazil Nuts per person (for selenium) Black Strap Molasses (for iron and other essential nutrients)
One month supply of glutathione boosting supplements or bio-active whey protein. This is perhaps the most essential. These will not be something you can get in an emergency.
Lugol's iodine (for water, wounds and its radioactive protective properties for the thyroid)
Two pairs of latex or vinyl, or other sterile gloves in your hand size
Regular soap (open box and let it dry out so it will last longer
Antibiotic towelettes for disinfection
Antibiotic ointment to prevent infection
Burn ointment to prevent infection
Eye wash solution to flush the eyes
Thermometer (glass type)
Prescription medications (insulin, heart medicine and asthma inhalers: rotate to avoid expiration)
Necessary medical equipment like blood glucose monitors, BP cuff, etc.
Tube of petroleum jelly (note: Do not use petroleum jelly with any oxygen equipment)
Aspirin, NSAID, and Ibuprofen (People who know glutathione and the protective benefits will tell you... DO NOT USE Tylenol in the event of radiation emergency. It depletes your glutathione and in the case of injury, slows down the bodies ability to produce new blood.)
Antacid (for upset stomach)
Whistle to signal for help
Dust mask (2-3 for each family member...needs to be correct size for your face)
The mask is to prevent breathing particulates. If the air gets around your face mask, it is useless. It needs to be fitted or somehow modified to make sure it fits until you can get to an area where the air is safe.
Heavy weigh garbage bags
1 blanket for each member of the family (army blankets are best) Matches
Additional Items to Consider Adding to an Emergency Supply Kit:
Cell phone charger and cell phone
List of your prescription drugs
infant formula and diapers (these can be used for wounds too)
Pet food and water
Durable power of attorneys (DPA) and DPA for health care, bank records, Passport, identification...have a water tight container to keep these in.
Know where these items are so they can be grabbed in a moments notice)
Spare glasses if available
Clothing depending on climate and needs. At least one change including shoes.
Chlorine bleach (that you would use in your laundry)
Also a small measuring cup and medicine dropper. One part of water to 10 parts bleach can be used as a disinfectant for cleaning. Some have even used a slightly less solution to wash wounds when nothing else is available.
Water can be treated by using 16 drops of bleach per gallon of water.
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.
Note: Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners for this.
Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
Paper and pencil
Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children and adults
This need not be a major undertaking or expense. If you have ever been in a scavenger hunt, this is an opportunity for some family fun. Make your own list and start garage sailing to find the necessary items. What you can’t find buy at the store and put together your plan.
And if life works for you as it has for so many, the things you plan for never happen. The things you do not plan for are what will face you.
Good health to you.
In addition to radiation emergency preparedness, consider these other aspects of radiation and the glutathione protection.
Nuclear Radiation Effects: Beta Radiation considers what it is, where it comes from, and How you can protect yourself.
The information on radiation emergency preparedness is considerable. In time we will provide more. Any further questions related to the effects of radiation emergency preparedness that you would like to see covered, please contact us and make your wishes known. Please be specific in your request.
This is very basic. Use your best judgment in making your own radiation emergency preparedness kit. Remember that perhaps the most important aspect is boosting your glutathione to protect yourself and loved ones.
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