1. Fukushima radiation
Preston is worried about the effects of radiation from the Fukishima reactor meltdown reaching the west coast of the US, where he lives. There has
been extensive modeling done on the currents within the ocean and radiation hitting the west coast is only a matter of time. Strange debris, such as a concrete dock which washed up on the Oregon coastline recently is only the most visible part of this: within the water there are millions of irradiated molecules, with millions more flowing into the ocean from rivers near Fukushima.
The effects of radiation are well known to anyone who is prepared for a nuclear disaster. Fallout in its most intense form can cause death within days, but over time there are a different set of threats. While acute radiation will cause fever, vomiting and death, low doses of radioactivity can cause birth defects and cancer (usually thyroid) over time.
2. Seed bank
Preston’s survival strategy revolves around becoming self sufficient with his food production. With radioactive isotopes such as cesium and plutonium floating around in the pacific from runoff in Japan, he fears that there is a tide of nuclear rain headed towards the west coast. Indeed, this is an accurate prediction as radioactive rain has been
detected in Los Angeles at levels up to 5 times of what is normal. With radioactive rain seeping into the groundwater, they would be eventually picked up by normal crops and accumulated within the body.
3. Tent greenhouses
Preston’s plan does not seem to be one of surviving a societal collapse but merely protecting himself and his town from the effects of irradiated food. His idea of collecting different kinds of seeds comes off as a bit stamp-collector-ish to me but if it’s giving him what he needs to survive, more power to him. In order to protect his crops from taking in radioactive rain he is erecting a set of tent greenhouses. These have an advantage over conventional greenhouses in the sense that they can be moved very easily if the need arises.
However, if moving is on Preston’s mind it might just be easier to move across the country. While discussing plans to move into a mobile home to more easily be able to bug out, Preston might be better suited in moving to an area with fertile land that isn’t located next to an ocean full of radioactive isotopes. Just a thought.
Seeing Preston’s focus on a small amount of firearms is a welcome relief from the doomsday preppers that have shown stockpiles of hundreds of weapons for a single individual. By focusing on 3 or 4 firearms, Preston will be able to consolidate his ammunition stores, practice more with each and know the inner workings of how to clean and repair his guns much better than if he had a crazy armory.