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Here is a collection of tips that can help you and your family survive exposure to harmful radiation such as occurred in the area of Japan's Fukishima nuclear plant (March 2011)

 

According the Nuclear Regulatory Commission: The simplest nuclear preventions against harmful radiation exposure are time, distance and shielding. Limit the time you are exposed to the radioactive source; increase the distance between you and the source; and shield yourself by placing objects between you and the source. These concepts form the basis of nuclear regulation so that we may enjoy the beneficial uses of radioactive materials while minimizing the risk to public health and the environment. For additional information, see the NRC

Know your distance from a Nuclear Power Station: There is a chart listed at the bottom of this page showing the 100+ nuclear reactors in the US that are used for power generation (coutesy of the NRC)

Take your Personal Radiation Dose exposure quiz to calculate your current exposure: Click Here

Wanting to "run away" , the 29 yr. old Medical Director Dr. Tatsuichiro Akizuki stayed with the patients pouring into the 300 bed St. Francis Hospital after the Nagasak, Japan bombing. In order to save the lives of his patients from the radiation fallout the followed the initial blast, (74,000 people killed and 75,000 injured during this time) Dr. Akizuki created a strict diet for his hospital (all 300 patients survived)
Dr. Akizuki fed them "brown rice, miso (aged Barley and Soy beans)and tamari soy soup, wakame, kombu and other seaweed, Hokkaido pumpkin, and sea salt." He also prohibited the consumption of sugar and sweets, white breads, or processed foods..

Whole Grains are important to eat during radiation exposure because they:
1. Contain less radiation risk because of being low on the food chain, compared to fish, beef who have years of exposure time.
2. High fiber and phosphorus counts help bind to and flush out toxins that may be in the body
3. Create bulk quickly and are passed through the digestive system at a rapid pace
4. Whole grains also provide vitamin B6, which is necessary for the thymus. also, the calcium content guards against uptake of radioactive strontium, and their vitamin E and selenium prevent cellular damage caused by free radicals.

You can find these at your local health food stores, Trader Joes, etc.

"Radiation Pills" Potassium iodide (KI) protects people from thyroid cancer caused by radioactive iodine, a type of radioactive material that can be released in nuclear explosions. KI should only be taken in a radiation emergency that involves the release of radioactive iodine. Since the use or release of radioactive iodine from a “dirty bomb” is highly unlikely, KI pills would not be useful in that instance.

protective radiation suits made of Demron PROTECTIVE SUITS: You can purchase Radiation Protective Coveralls and full body suits made of Demron from Radiation Shield Technologies of FL


Handheld Radiation Detection Devices are available from Amazon, Ebay, and SelectScientific.com



How is someone decontaminated if they get radioactive material on them such as from a dirty bomb?

A “dirty bomb” is one type of “radiological dispersal device” that combines a conventional explosive (such as dynamite) with radioactive material. Most dirty bombs would not release enough radiation to kill people or cause severe illness. However, these steps can be taken to reduce the risk of contamination:

  • Remove contaminated clothes as soon as possible, and place them in a sealed plastic bag. The clothing could be used later to estimate a person's exposure.

  • Gently wash skin to remove any possible contamination, making sure that no radioactive material enters the mouth or is transferred to areas of the face where it could easily be moved to the mouth and swallowed.

 

Exposure to Radiation Chart


Nuclear Reactors in the U.S.
Plant Name
Docket Number
Reactor
Type
Location Owner/Operator NRC Region
Arkansas Nuclear 1
05000313
PWR 6 miles WNW of Russellville,  AR Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc. 4
Arkansas Nuclear 2
05000368
PWR 6 miles WNW of Russellville,  AR Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc. 4
Beaver Valley 1
05000334
PWR 17 miles W of McCandless,  PA FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co. 1
Beaver Valley 2
05000412
PWR 17 miles W of McCandless,  PA FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co. 1
Braidwood 1
05000456
PWR 20 miles SSW of Joilet,  IL Exelon Generation Co., LLC 3
Braidwood 2
05000457
PWR 20 miles SSW of Joilet,  IL Exelon Generation Co., LLC 3
Browns Ferry 1
05000259
BWR 32 miles W of Huntsville, AL Tennessee Valley Authority 2
Browns Ferry 2
05000260
BWR 32 miles W of Huntsville, AL Tennessee Valley Authority 2
Browns Ferry 3
05000296
BWR 32 miles W of Huntsville, AL Tennessee Valley Authority 2
Brunswick 1
05000325
BWR 40 miles S of Wilmington, NC Progress Energy 2
Brunswick 2
05000324
BWR 40 miles S of Wilmington, NC Progress Energy 2
Byron 1
05000454
PWR 17 miles SW of Rockford,  IL Exelon Generation Co., LLC 3
Byron 2
05000455
PWR 17 miles SW of Rockford,  IL Exelon Generation Co., LLC 3
Callaway
05000483
PWR 25 miles ENE of Jefferson City, MO Ameren UE 4
Calvert Cliffs 1
05000317
PWR 40 miles S of Annapolis,  MD Constellation Energy 1
Calvert Cliffs 2
05000318
PWR 40 miles S of Annapolis,  MD Constellation Energy 1
Catawba 1
05000413
PWR 18 miles S of Charlotte, NC Duke Energy Power Company, LLC 2
Catawba 2
05000414
PWR 18 miles S of Charlotte, NC Duke Energy Power Company, LLC 2
Clinton
05000461
BWR 23 miles SSE of Bloomington, IL Exelon Generation Co., LLC 3
Columbia Generating Station
05000397
BWR 20 miles NNE of Pasco, WA Energy Northwest 4
Comanche Peak 1
05000445
PWR 40 miles SW of Fort Worth, TX TXU Generating Company LP 4
Comanche Peak 2
05000446
PWR 40 miles SW of Fort Worth, TX TXU Generating Company LP 4
Cooper
05000298
BWR 23 miles S of Nebraska City,  NE Nebraska Public Power District 4
Crystal River 3
05000302
PWR 80 miles N of Tampa, FL Progress Energy 2
D.C. Cook 1
05000315
PWR 13 miles S of Benton Harbor,  MI Indiana/Michigan Power Co. 3
D.C. Cook 2
05000316
PWR 13 miles S of Benton Harbor,  MI Indiana/Michigan Power Co. 3
Davis-Besse
05000346
PWR 21 miles ESE of Toledo,  OH FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co. 3
Diablo Canyon 1
05000275
PWR 12 miles WSW of San Luis Obispo,  CA Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 4
Diablo Canyon 2
05000323
PWR 12 miles WSW of San Luis Obispo,  CA Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 4
Dresden 2
05000237
BWR 25 miles SW of Joliet, IL Exelon Generation Co., LLC 3
Dresden 3
05000249
BWR 25 miles SW of Joliet, IL Exelon Generation Co., LLC 3
Duane Arnold
05000331
BWR 8 miles NW of Cedar Rapids,  IA Florida Power & Light Co. 3
Farley 1
05000348
PWR 18 miles SE of Dothan,  AL Southern Nuclear Operating Co. 2
Farley 2
05000364
PWR 18 miles SE of Dothan,  AL Southern Nuclear Operating Co. 2
Fermi 2
05000341
BWR 25 miles NE of Toledo,  OH Detroit Edison Co. 3
FitzPatrick
05000333
BWR 6 miles NE of Oswego,  NY Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc. 1
Fort Calhoun
05000285
PWR 19 miles N of Omaha,  NE Omaha Public Power District 4
Ginna
05000244
PWR 20 miles NE of Rochester,  NY Constellation Energy
1
Grand Gulf 1
05000416
BWR 20 miles S of Vicksburg,  MS Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc. 4
Hatch 1
05000321
BWR 20 miles S of Vidalia, GA Southern Nuclear Operating Co., Inc. 2
Hatch 2
05000366
BWR 20 miles S of Vidalia, GA Southern Nuclear Operating Co., Inc. 2
Hope Creek 1
05000354
BWR 18 miles SE of Wilmington,  DE PSE&G Nuclear 1
Indian Point 2
05000247
PWR 24 miles N of New York City,  NY Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc. 1
Indian Point 3
05000286
PWR 24 miles N of New York City,  NY Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc. 1
Kewaunee
05000305
PWR 27 miles ESE of Green Bay,  WI Dominion Generation 3
La Salle 1
05000373
BWR 11 miles SE of Ottawa,  IL Exelon Generation Co., LLC 3
La Salle 2
05000374
BWR 11 miles SE of Ottawa,  IL Exelon Generation Co., LLC 3
Limerick 1
05000352
BWR 21 miles NW of Philadelphia,  PA Exelon Generation Co., LLC 1
Limerick 2
05000353
BWR 21 miles NW of Philadelphia,  PA Exelon Generation Co., LLC 1
McGuire 1
05000369
PWR 17 miles N of Charlotte,  NC Duke Energy Power Company, LLC 2
McGuire 2
05000370
PWR 17 miles N of Charlotte,  NC Duke Energy Power Company, LLC 2
Millstone 2
05000336
PWR 3.2 miles WSW of New London,  CT Dominion Generation 1
Millstone 3
05000423
PWR 3.2 miles WSW of New London,  CT Dominion Generation 1
Monticello
05000263
BWR 35 miles NW of Minneapolis,  MN Nuclear Management Co. 3
Nine Mile Point 1
05000220
BWR 6 miles NE of Oswego,  NY Constellation Energy 1
Nine Mile Point 2
05000410
BWR 6 miles NE of Oswego,  NY Constellation Energy 1
North Anna 1
05000338
PWR 40 miles NW of Richmond,  VA Dominion Generation 2
North Anna 2
05000339
PWR 40 miles NW of Richmond,  VA Dominion Generation 2
Oconee 1
05000269
PWR 30 miles W of Greenville,  SC Duke Energy Power Company, LLC 2
Oconee 2
05000270
PWR 30 miles W of Greenville,  SC Duke Energy Power Company, LLC 2
Oconee 3
05000287
PWR 30 miles W of Greenville,  SC Duke Energy Power Company, LLC 2
Oyster Creek
05000219
BWR 9 miles S of Toms River,  NJ Exelon Generation Co., LLC 1
Palisades
05000255
PWR 5 miles S of South Haven,  MI Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc. 3
Palo Verde 1
05000528
PWR 50 miles W of Phoenix,  AZ Arizona Public Service Co. 4
Palo Verde 2
05000529
PWR 50 miles W of Phoenix,  AZ Arizona Public Service Co. 4
Palo Verde 3
05000530
PWR 50 miles W of Phoenix,  AZ Arizona Public Service Co. 4
Peach Bottom 2
05000277
BWR 17.9 miles S of Lancaster,  PA Exelon Generation Co., LLC 1
Peach Bottom 3
05000278
BWR 17.9 miles S of Lancaster,  PA Exelon Generation Co., LLC 1
Perry 1
05000440
BWR 35 miles NE of Cleveland, OH FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co. 3
Pilgrim 1
05000293
BWR 38 miles SE of Boston, MA Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc. 1
Point Beach 1
05000266
PWR 13 miles NNW of Manitowoc,  WI FPL Energy Point Beach, LLC 3
Point Beach 2
05000301
PWR 13 miles NNW of Manitowoc,  WI FPL Energy Point Beach, LLC 3
Prairie Island 1
05000282
PWR 28 miles SE of Minneapolis,  MN Nuclear Management Co. 3
Prairie Island 2
05000306
PWR 28 miles SE of Minneapolis,  MN Nuclear Management Co. 3
Quad Cities 1
05000254
BWR 20 miles NE of Moline,  IL Exelon Generation Co., LLC 3
Quad Cities 2
05000265
BWR 20 miles NE of Moline,  IL Exelon Generation Co., LLC 3
River Bend 1
05000458
BWR 24 miles NNW of Baton Rouge,  LA Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc. 4
Robinson 2
05000261
PWR 26 miles NW of Florence,  SC Progress Energy 2
Saint Lucie 1
05000335
PWR 10 miles SE of Ft. Pierce,  FL Florida Power & Light Co. 2
Saint Lucie 2
05000389
PWR 10 miles SE of Ft. Pierce,  FL Florida Power & Light Co. 2
Salem 1
05000272
PWR 18 miles S of Wilmington,  DE PSE&G Nuclear 1
Salem 2
05000311
PWR 18 miles S of Wilmington,  DE PSE&G Nuclear 1
San Onofre 2
05000361
PWR 45 miles SE of Long Beach, CA Southern California Edison Co. 4
San Onofre 3
05000362
PWR 45 miles SE of Long Beach, CA Southern California Edison Co. 4
Seabrook 1
05000443
PWR 13 miles S of Portsmouth,  NH Florida Power & Light Co. 1
Sequoyah 1
05000327
PWR 16 miles NE of Chattanooga,  TN Tennessee Valley Authority 2
Sequoyah 2
05000328
PWR 16 miles NE of Chattanooga,  TN Tennessee Valley Authority 2
Shearon Harris 1
05000400
PWR 20 miles SW of Raleigh,  NC Progress Energy 2
South Texas 1
05000498
PWR 90 miles SW of Houston, TX STP Nuclear Operating Co. 4
South Texas 2
05000499
PWR 90 miles SW of Houston, TX STP Nuclear Operating Co. 4
Summer
05000395
PWR 26 miles NW of Columbia,  SC South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. 2
Surry 1
05000280
PWR 17 miles NW of Newport News,  VA Dominion Generation 2
Surry 2
05000281
PWR 17 miles NW of Newport News,  VA Dominion Generation 2
Susquehanna 1
05000387
BWR 70 miles NE of Harrisburg, PA PPL Susquehanna, LLC 1
Susquehanna 2
05000388
BWR 70 miles NE of Harrisburg, PA PPL Susquehanna, LLC 1
Three Mile Island 1
05000289
PWR 10 miles SE of Harrisburg,  PA Exelon Generation Co., LLC 1
Turkey Point 3
05000250
PWR 20 miles S of Miami,  FL Florida Power & Light Co. 2
Turkey Point 4
05000251
PWR 20 miles S of Miami,  FL Florida Power & Light Co. 2
Vermont Yankee
05000271
BWR 5 miles S of Brattleboro,  VT Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc. 1
Vogtle 1
05000424
PWR 26 miles SE of Augusta,  GA Southern Nuclear Operating Co. 2
Vogtle 2
05000425
PWR 26 miles SE of Augusta,  GA Southern Nuclear Operating Co. 2
Waterford 3
05000382
PWR 25 miles W of New Orleans,  LA Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc. 4
Watts Bar 1
05000390
PWR 60 miles SW of Knoxville, TN Tennessee Valley Authority 2
Wolf Creek 1
05000482
PWR 3.5 miles NE of Burlington,  KS Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corp. 4








 

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