Are you a worrier? I am. Truth be told, the less data I have, the more I worry. And by data I mean factual information, not spin, not PR and certainly not speculation.
So with little or no believable data on the Japan radiation problem, I am worried. Why? Plain and simple: the news from Japan gets worse and worse.
Radioactive iodine has been found in the rainwater in Boston.
The EPA has published an FAQ on the national response to Iodine-131 from the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
And now traces of radioactive iodine have been found in Washington state milk.
Now I am not a scientist, but what the heck is Tokyo Electric Power Co. doing at the moment other that trying to put a Band-Aid on a hemorrhaging artery. The reactors are toast. Time to clean them and entomb them in concrete. It is time to stop the expansion and leakage of radioactive water and particles no matter how miniscule.
Being a night owl, I watch ABCs Nightline following our local news at 11:30PM. Imagine my surprise (and disgust) when I saw that the Bernie Madoff family was pitching about $100 bucks worth of advice and a set of emergency contact numbers for $750. And if you are a big spender, for an additional $250 you get a go-bag.
According to the Black Umbrella web site, here is a description of the $750 kit:
Basic Family Preparedness
Up to 4 go cards
A family reunification plan
A family communication plan
Prepackaged go bags (priced separately)
So what is in that “Go Bag” priced separately at $250? Eye goggles, a PVC raincoat, batteries, a first aid kit, a radio, four aluminum, personalized, emergency contact cards, and a giant black Sharpie marker. There’s more. If you go to the Black Umbrella web site you will see that all of these so-called custom go bag emergency supplies are off the shelf items sold through Amazon.
The past few days have been a bit scary. First the major earthquake in Japan. Then the tsunami. And now the explosions and the potential meltdown of up to three nuclear reactors. What’s a gal to do? Especially a gal on the west coast of the US of A in an official tsunami zone? (The picture of the sign was snapped yesterday.)
Well first of all, I am thankful that I started to stockpile food, water and supplies. And while I am happy that I don’t need to use my stashed stuff (yet), I am simply horrified at the tragedy occurring 4,800 miles across the Pacific.
A certain degree of my personal distress comes from the knowledge that Japan, like the US, is considered a highly modernized country, with strict building standards, an educated population, and a sophisticated economic stature within the global community. This is not some third world country with an impoverished populace. And yet no matter the sophistication, it was no match for mother nature and the internal forces of planet earth.
I would like to believe that my readers have at the very least initiated steps to stockpile their own storehouse of emergency supplies. I, for one, have been pursuing my pepping with an almost religious fervor.
But this last weeks events have given me pause to think beyond the basics and to entertain the what if the unthinkable happens? How can I prepare?
Here is my quick and dirty list.
This week I took a break for my hands-on effort to get myself ready for anything and everything that may happen in this world. With ten weeks of plans and projects behind me, I simply had too many preparedness projects that were started but not quite complete. Time to get cracking, S.W.
For those of you joining me on this one week at a time missive, I want to remind you that we are all very human. So don’t be hard on yourself if you started something but did not quite finish. After all, one of the reasons I write this blog is to share and commiserate our profound humanness.
Anyway, getting back on track, last night I cheated. Instead of reading Cormac McCarthy’s book, The Road , I watched the movie. I wrote about the book a couple of weeks ago when it was recommended to me by a fellow cruise passenger. But time was of the essence; I simply wanted to learn the message of The Road now.
Well, let me tell you something. It is dark. It is depressing. And it is a must see on many levels. So what is The Road about?
From the ash-covered, post-apocalyptic remains of Appalachia, a Father and Son take to the road in search of a better life. Hope is waning, the Father’s health is failing, and the journey is impeded by nomadic bands of cannibals. The movie is an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, set in a fictional near future in which the world has been virtually destroyed although we are not quite sure what caused the destruction.
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