HOW TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY FROM TERRORISTS AND NUCLEAR ATTACK (Last updated 12/20/03)
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1. Keep a 3-day emergency kit updated and easily accessible: Include food, water, clothing, blankets, rope, camp cooking kit, matches, first-aid kit (with iodine for nuclear attacks or water purification), cash, tools, battery-powered radio, prescriptions, diapers, formula, and essential personal documents such as disaster insurance info, family phone numbers, birth certificates, marriage certificates, licenses, life insurance info, Social Security info, will, etc. Keep a smaller kit in your car. Make sure you have enough for each family member. Store it in a duffle bag or large plastic container. (Some people use plastic trash cans, clearly labeled.)
2. During high terror alerts stay away from areas where there will be large crowds: Sports stadiums, parks, malls, theatres, theme parks, etc.
3. Create an emergency communications plan.
Choose an out-of-town contact your family or household will call or e-mail to check on each other should a disaster occur. Your selected contact should live far enough away that they would be unlikely to be directly affected by the same event, and they should know they are the chosen contact. Make sure every household member has that contact's, and each other's, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers (home, work, pager and cell). Leave these contact numbers at your children's schools, if you have children, and at your workplace. Your family should know that if telephones are not working, they need to be patient and try again later or try e-mail. Many people flood the telephone lines when emergencies happen but e-mail can sometimes get through when calls don't.
4. Establish a meeting place.
Having a predetermined meeting place away from your home will save time and minimize confusion should your home be affected or the area evacuated. You may even want to make arrangements to stay with a family member or friend in case of an emergency. Be sure to include any pets in these plans, since pets are not permitted in shelters and some hotels will not accept them.
5. Check on the school emergency plan of any
school-age children you may have.
You need to know if they will they keep children at school until a parent or designated adult can pick them up or send them home on their own. Be sure that the school has updated information about how to reach parents and responsible caregivers to arrange for pickup. And, ask what type of authorization the school may require to release a child to someone you designate, if you are not able to pick up your child. During times of emergency the school telephones may be overwhelmed with calls.
1. Iodine: Keep a bottle of iodine or iodine tablets in your emergency kit. Why? Iodine protects the thyroid from radiation in case of nuclear attack. There is some evidence that it can can also prevent breast and uterine cancer. It can also be used to purify water. Dosage: It is safe for infants and children at the proper dosage (16 mg for infants, 32 mg for children, 50 to 70 for adults). Potassium iodate (K1O3) or potassium iodide (K1) are both okay. The difference is that you need slightly more of K103 than K1. If you are using liquid iodine (2 percent) use 5 drops per quart of water or 10 drops per quart for cloudy or dirty water).
2. Dosage and explanation follows:
Potassium Iodide Dosage, Shelf Life and Sources
Updated July 16, 2000
What is the daily dosage required?
How long is the shelf life of potassium iodide?
What is the US Government position on providing KI to workers and the public in the event of another nuclear emergency?
SOURCES FOR POTASSIUM IODIDE - KI
Anbex, Inc - 130 mg. per tablet, 14 tablets per package; 1 - 10 Packages $10.00/Package; Shipping and Handling $4.00 Per Order
COSMOS Online* Trade Center - 16 suppliers in Mexico
KI4U.com - see site for various pricing
Lab Depot - Potassium Iodide, Granular, Reagent, ACS $84.60
Outdoor Depot - One bottle contains a 2-week supply for one person. $49.95
SOURCES FOR POTASSIUM IODATE - KIO3
B&A Products - bottle of 100 tablets of 150mg is $18.00, Two bottles is 33.00, Three bottles is 48.00, Four bottles is 64.00
KI4U.com - see site for various pricing
Medical Corps - 100 150mg tablets per bottle: $16.95 a bottle, $29.95 for 2 bottles, postage paid
Outdoor Depot $19.95 100 fresh tablets of Potassium Iodate 150mg tablets
Potassium Iodate or Potassium Iodine - Which
Do I Use?
"In response to your question about potassium
iodate versus iodide, here are the basics:
Potassium Iodate (KIO3) and Potassium Iodide (KI) are not the same.
KIO3 - molecular weight 214.00 is 18.27 % K, 22.43 % O and 59.30 % I, so you would have to
administer 168.63 milligrams of KIO3 to deliver 100 milligrams of iodine.
KI - molecular weight 166.01 is 23.55 % K and 76.45 % I, so you would have to administer 130.81
milligrams of KI to deliver 100 milligrams of iodine.
Both compounds are soluble in water, but KI is very soluble. KI is much less stable than KIO3. When
KI breaks down, it becomes yellow due to release of iodine and it may produce small amounts of
iodate. When iodate breaks down, it also produces a yellow color from iodine. Both compounds should
be protected from light and moisture to improve stability.
As to which is preferred for use in the event of nuclear accidents, I can refer you to the following quote
and its associated reference. The quote is from a World Health Organization (WHO) and International
Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) working document entitled "Guidelines for Stable Iodine Prophylaxis
Following Nuclear Accidents," dated 10/19/98.
And I quote...