Firefighters in New Mexico recently battled wildfires that threatened a government nuclear facility in Los Alamos.
The threat of a potential nuclear crisis is real, as the recent disaster in Japan showed, and it is important to be prepared for any eventuality.
Those who live close to nuclear facilities should be prepared in case a crisis occurs, but those who live farther away should also be ready for any situation.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the most serious threat posed by a nuclear disaster is exposure to radiation.
FEMA says that there are three important factors to keep in mind when attempting to limit one’s exposure to radiation: distance, time and shielding. One wants to get as far away from the disaster site as quickly as possible and keep as many heavy materials between oneself and the source of the radiation as he can.
The Federal agency also says that if one is told to evacuate, he should be sure to keep the car windows and doors closed. Those who are advised to remain indoors should not use the air conditioner and should go into the cellar, if possible.
If one believes he has been exposed to radiation, he should remove his clothes, place them in a bag, seal it, place it out of the way and then take a thorough shower.