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New Mexico Fires Threaten Nuclear Facility, Show Importance Of Disaster Preparedness

June 30, 2011 by  

One should be prepared for a nuclear crisis.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.

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  • TIME

    Ok a quick moment of pure logic.
    Is this not a “nuclear” power plant? Is there anyone of you that thinks these are made out of plastic? How about cardborad box’s?
    Ok how about old wood from 200 year old barns?

    Ok then we can agree that these are made to withstand high levels of heat, would that be within reason? Then whats all the “NON news” about?

    Think about it the area around the plant will burn off very quickly, thus leaveing the plant rather fast, after a low level outside fire near and or around the noted plant.
    The control rooms are made out of {heavy thick steel reenforced concret kind of like a bunker. The power units themselfs are 10X’s thicker and better protected to KEEP IN the much hotter fire, aka nuclear fission. Of what I believe is far more heat than say 200000 outside fires can produce, as well these plants are equipped with not only inside fire protection but outside as well.

    So again what damage can anyone really expect from an small quick moving outside fire?

    Look the media has everyone all worked up about something thats absurd to even get worked up over. This is little more than an American Idol moment at best, but more in like with a ZERO event.

    Well that is unless we have a false flag moment, but would your government really do something like that?

    Please wake up.

    • ValDM

      You’re right about the false flag business.

      A case in point : WA state has wildfires EVERY year. WA state is also the home of Hanford. Hanford has been threatened many times through the years with wildfires & I’ll bet you never heard the hoopla you’re hearing now.

      For a little history lesson about Hanford (in case you’re unfamiliar with it); it is the sister to Los Alamos. The gov’t bred weapons-grade plutonium there for decades. While it has (supposedly) been decommissioned, it is STILL a vast repository of nuclear waste; both from its breeding reactors, plus in the last 20 yrs has become a dump-site for spent fuel.

      I would be far more worried about WA state wildfires ever reaching Hanford than what will happen at Los Alamos.

    • jeanelane

      TIME – you evidently don’t know about LANL. It is not just a nuclear plant. It is a national laboratory. Google it. Just learned a couple of days ago that they have radioactive waste in a tent. How secure is that???? Unless you work there, don’t pooh-pooh the efforts of the folks in charge. I’d rather they err on the side of caution.

  • Raggs

    I have a question… Did the BATAF in conjunction with Mexico set this fire to prove a point?

  • Les

    Granted, Time, their description is absurd, but it is possible, as you infer, that they are lying. They have recently thwarted terrorist intrusions on nuclear facilities (this one) and they have tons of nuclear wast stored outside where it could be a problem. Also the power that controls the system is at risk (albeit low). Best guess may be a False Flag. They still continue to cover the truth about Fukushima.

  • Richard

    ‘According to FEMA the most serious threat posed by a nuclear disaster
    is exposure to radiation’….What Einsteins !…I’m sure glad FEMA is on the case ! I would’ve thought the worst danger would be attacks by squirrels and chipmunks maddened by exposure to PSA’s…

  • Rennie

    The only person speaking honest and openly about Fshima, Ft C and Coop (avoid censorship by abbreviating) and now Los Ala is Arnie Gunderson. What is teh problem at teh latter? The nuclear waste, at our top secret research lab, is stored outside, under tents. TENTS. So after all the talk of Cold War and terrorism, this is our high tech top security, canvas? Of course we spent billions on Yucca Mtn, Harry Reid had no problem with that, but he has his man Jackoff at the NRC block Yucca from being used. Thus cans of waste at Los Ala, spent fuel rods now under floodwaters at Ft C and God knows where at Coop are being exposed to the elements and possibily turning the immediate downwind areas into Fshima, because Reid doesn’t want it stored under a mountain in his state. Obama is keeping it all covered up because GE and Exelon, etc. are a big part of his administration, or is that, campaign donors? Certainly not lobbyists, he said there would be none of those in his White House, right? Doesn’t GE rank is teh largest US corporation, and pay no taxes? Doesn’t GE build private jet engines? I’m waiting for a good excuse from MSNBC or CNN to explain that away. Instead, we will just get censorship and silence. Stay out of floodwaters below Ft C and Coop is my advice.

  • 45caliber

    Look at the picture above. Then tell me just how a forest fire could threaten the plant there? There isn’t anything to burn close enough to the plant to cause any real problems. And all they have to do is close the doors and windows to ignore the smoke.

    • Raggs

      .45… But that would make too much sence and they couldn’t scare everyone with theirs lies!

    • jeanelane

      I doubt this picture is of LANL – waaaay too green. Especially now in summer in the midst of a 10 year + drought.

      I just love the way all you commenters are experts on everything. I get a chuckle when I read all the nonsense that usually doesn’t have anything to do with the article.

    • Albino.

      The plant in the pic is a coal fired station!! Look at the large smoke stack behind the boilers. Plus there’s not any containment or spent fuel buildings!

      Just shows that you shouldn’t believe every thing you see or hear!! TRUST NO ONE!

  • i41

    Another green let nature run wild crap. We don’t harvest woood products, we don’t build roads because we want eerything left pristine, we have millions of wilderness areas that costs several billion every year to look at producing nothing. taxpayers have been paying landowners for over 3 decades not to farm, every f–king thing government dorks touch with their worthles programs it always end in a giant snafu. If the back fire method was used it would take a year to get all the studies and other agencies to agree and paper work approved. When lighting fires start on CPR land, that has 30 plus years of old dead growth, threatens ranch buildings, we had to wait until it was on private land, to stop fires by using back fires and using equipment for fire lines. Remember the Yellowstone fires that burned for months, just another snafu of brain dead bastards in Washington agencies. Air borne embers need a no fiber zone to land to not let new fires get started.

  • Stuntman

    Amusing comments. For the record LANL is not a nuclear power plant, it is a national lab. So no, that is not a picture of Los Alamos. There is nothing in New Mexico that even remotely looks like this. Los Alamos is mostly surrounded by national forest, much of which was burned by a fire back in 2000. The really dangerous radioactive materials are stored in heavily-sealed underground bunkers, not in barrels above ground. These bunkers are designed to survive a direct hit by a thermonuclear warhead (I forget how many megatons though). That stored above ground in barrels are apparently things like gloves, clothing, etc. that may have become contaminated by coming into contact with radioactive materials, not the material itself. In other words, its considered low-level radioactive material, the kind of stuff they’d store underground at WIPP, the low-level respository near Carlsbad, not at the high-level one in Yucca Mtn, NV. So, while there could be some danger of radioactive material getting released, its probably not that high, so I wouldn’t get my panties in a knot over it. As a NM resident, I’m more concerned about the impact it will have on recreation in the national forest than anything else. Sorry if I ruined anybody’s conspiracy theories.

  • i41

    Yucca Mountain should have been used, but the dumb azzed democraps and green wienes, like Dingy Harry whined like a bi-ch after signing off on the massive whole in the ground.

  • Albino.

    A more balanced article on the fires in New Mexico!! Plus they have an actual picture of Lis Alomos!

  • Albino.
  • independant thinker

    Yall need to re-read the article. While the supposed danger at LANL is mentioned the article is about being prepared in case of any kind of problem at a nuclear site that releases radiation. This is no different than the Monday articles on preparedness this one just mentions radiation dangers.


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