Meltdown at Indian Point
Cameron Moore is a college student concerned about the potential meltdown of the reactor at Indian Point.
38 miles north of New York City, it produces over 2000 Megawatts of electric power which accounts for over 30% of power for NYC and Westchester County. In operation since 1962, the reactor is one of the oldest in the country.
In wake of the Fukushima event, heightened interest has been brought to the safety of Indian
point. According to the Natural Resources Defense council, a meltdown on the level of the Fukushima event would necessitate the evacuation of over 5.6 million people. Larger events on the level of Chernobyl or greater could potentially cause the island of Manhattan to become completely uninhabitable for years.
Winds blow south out to the ocean which makes an Indian point meltdown terrifying to the inhabitants of NYC. The plant has the “highest probability of core damage of any unit in the country”. Whether it is earthquakes or a potential terrorist attack, Indian point is the perfect storm of vulnerability and potential damage
Following a meltdown, the NRDC estimates that over 6 million people would need to receive iodine treatment. The consequences for failing to follow this would be a cancer mortality rate ranging from 0.3% to 7%. Scary stuff.
What’s even scarier to consider is the staggering amount of potassium iodide required to protect 6 million people (one out of every 50 in the US). There are no figures on the potassium iodide kept on hand by FEMA and other organizations but it’s risky to bet on them having it covered.
Aton Edwards, Cameron’s mentor throughout this challenge, wisely suggested that Cameron was taking his tablets at all times. As a prepper or survivalist it is your duty to do the same. Make sure to stock up on Potassium Iodide tablets or an aqueous solution like Lugol’s.
Self Defense – Stun and Run
Any Canadian readers will recognize the bear repellent which Aton recommended over pepper spray for self defense. In addition to having a higher concentration of capsaicin, the active ingredient, bear pepper spray has an effective range of 30 feet. Many models are also designed to discharge their entire contents with one trigger pull. No taking chances when it comes to bears.
Likewise, the advice of stun and run comes from a
place of not taking chances with attackers. Unlike some who will contend that hand to hand techniques will be enough to keep attackers at bay, he acknowledges that any situation with multiple attackers is life threatening. If the world is really ending, we can be assured that people will be acting crazy as well.
Unfortunately bear pepper spray cannot be purchased in thirteen states including New York. Ironically, the use of pepper spray on Doomsday Preppers was in fact illegal. While laws may not matter in a true disaster scenario, getting caught with weapons outside of the law can result in losing property or being put in jail.