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Tuesday, March 9, 2010
About Cleansing Fallout from Canned Goods
10:30 pm est
A question came into the
site pertaining to how one can cleanse nuclear fallout from canned goods. It's a great question and suggests the need to clarify
several probabilities. First, given the canned goods are likely to be stored within a house or some kind of a structure
and therefore covered, it is very likely that fallout would not have reached them.
Which brings us to the
question of just what fallout is. Well, it's ash. And because it is particulate, if per chance one were to be close enough
to a nuclear event to have it visited upon you in the first day or two following an event, in all likelihood there would
be at least some aspect of it that would be visible. Which would mean you could see it and sweep it away.
good rule of thumb might be that when in doubt, decon the can as you would your own body: wash it with soap and water and
rinse thoroughly. Once you feel comfortable that the can is clean, treat it as you have treated all previous cans of food:
open it and eat the contents. You'll be fine.
As for water, people worry that their emergency bottled water might
go bad. Worse yet, they could conclude tthat he water from a nearby running stream was safer. To clarify those bits
of misinformation, in general, unless the bottle of water has been tampered with in some way, it is not going to go bad. As
for the stream, that's were the radioactive fallout is likely to have been washed after rain or may even have fallen originally.
Drinking it in the vicinity of a nuclear disaster at best puts one at risk for cancer and at worst could mean certain death. To
make the point, there have been stories of people on the outskirts of Hiroshima who might have survived had they
understood the streams were radioactive and chosen to survive on water from jugs at home. But at that time, how could they
So if you have concerns related to food and water and have faced the possibility that at sometime
you might have to hunker down for seventy-two hours while waiting for the level of radioactivity in the fallout around you
to drop, store enough canned foods--and a can opener--and enough water for you and your family to manage as you wait in your
home for the all clear message from the local authorities to be announced on your battery-powered radio.
your visiting the question of preparedness, throw some handkerchiefs and a bottle of water into you glove compartment for
emergencies of any kind that might require the use of a Hepa mask. Wet and folded in four and covering your nose and mouth,
a man's handkerchief will get you through the worst of fumes and smoke relatively well.
So not to worry. Just to
be informed. And by being informed, to be better prepared.
And it wouldn't hurt to order a copy of Jolt: a rural
noir. It's a good story. You'll like the characters. And it is chuck full of scientifically accurate information related
to post nuclear survival. Its companion sci-fi novel, Too Close, will treat the question of surviving at home with
radiation sickness. I'm just working on the outline for it at this time; the pair are designed so that part of part
of it occurs in time parallel to that in Jolt while part of it runs as its sequel.
Roberta in Po-Town, Researching
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Dutchess County's St. Patrick's Day Parade
9:48 pm est
9/11 did many things, but who'd have expected it
would change the tenor of the local St. Patrick's Day parade? However it has.
The parade we attended today
was the Dutchess County St. Patrick's Day parade in Wappingers Falls, New York. And where once the parade featured a
vintage fire wagon and a couple of fire engines, today there was a long line of emergency reponse smaller vehicles
and trucks. Lettered clearly on some was the emergency call number, 911, or the letters EMS.
an especially large contingent of volunteer firemen in uniforms passed, I was reminded of how much more intensive their
training was today when compared to ten years ago (part of the reason I have become a Fan of the Firemen's Association
of the State of New York.
FASNY has been training New York firefighters since 1872-- some one hundred and
thirty eight years--all the way back to the horse-drawn wagon and just a step past the days of primary reliance
on the use prayer and a bucket brigade.
But firefighters now have to study everything from fires and
emergency situations associated with the use of matches to those involving alternative energy sources, chemicals, gas leaks,
explosions, hazardous wastes, and radiactive materials (including those resulting from nuclear meltdowns).
they do it all with so little fanfare.
So when next you talk to a firefighter or EMS person, do thank them
for the understated way in which they dedicate themselves to us and community needs. And while your at it, try asking
them what they have been studying about most recently. Although answers will vary, if you also take the trouble to inquire
more specifically about the course content, you're likely to find it quite eye-opening, even fascinating.
Roberta M. Roy incorporated Alva Press www.alvapressinc.com on October 5, 2004. The express purpose of Alva Press, Inc., was to ensure a safe venue for
the publication of her works and those with similar focus. As such, upon the completion of the science
fiction novel Jolt: a rural noir, Alva would immediately publish it. Further Alva Press, Inc., would offer a
venue for Roy to publish her children's books, including Yell'n'Tell. (At this point Yell'n'Tell needs
only design as the watercolor illustrations by Dan Dyen are complete and the text fully edited. But then there is also Wedding
Ready, complete, but in need of an illustrator talented in the art of drawing forest animals. But all that anon.)
Currently, until the soft cover version of Jolt's Library of Congress Number
is in, Jolt waits to go to press. Usually the LCN takes but a few days after which will become available in hard cover
at $24.95 and Trade paper at $14.95 (plus $5.50 mailing).
was some five years in the writing; its research took longer. It's scientific basis for nuclear survival has been
carefully reviewed by oncologists and experts in the effects of ionizing radiation for accuracy of representation. Jolt
is a fast-paced novel that spans two years in the lives of a group of diverse urban, suburban, and rural residents brought
together in an imaginary part of the northern United States. There in Locklee, the small town to which those who are forced
emigrants flee, they become mutually caught up in the necessities associated with post-nuclear survival.
Check www.alvapressinc.com for a more thorough review of Jolt as well as the most recent updates on its publication
and availability. And should you be so inclined and care to help defray the last payment of its first printing, a check
in the mail to Alva Press for your very own pre-publication autographed copy of Jolt: a rural noir would be a
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1) If you walk out uninjured from a nuclear event, you probably will survive.
bywords to survival from
a nuclear event are TDS: Time,
3) Use regular soap and water to decontaminate from fallout.Strip and shower or cleanse as best you can. Use bread.
4) Nuclear fallout contaminates open water and plants.If there is fallout (ashes),use bottled water and canned goods.
5) Babies as well as adults can take Potassium Iodide (KI) to protectthe thyroid against ionizing radiation.
6) There is no plume with a nuclear power plant meltdown.
7) A large event may seem ‘over there’ if you can’t define its impact.Ionizing radiation is invisible.
8) A family needs an escape plan.
9) A community can respond as a team to mass events.
10) After a mass event, a communitymay heal changed but well.
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