I live within 50 miles of a nuclear power plant.
And for many years I’ve kept a 10 day supply of Potassium Iodide (K1) tablets for both my husband and myself. The bright yellow box lives in the medicine basket in the bathroom, along with the aspirin, antacids and cough drops. I keep potassium iodide on hand and within easy reach because I’m old enough to clearly remember the partial meltdown at the 3 Mile Island nuclear power plant in 1979. US nuclear power plants are growing older and more decrepit everyday. Most of them should have been retired years ago.
I consider potassium iodide to be cheap insurance.
Practical life experience has informed me of how far and how fast and unpredictably, the wind and rain can travel. I believe that in the event of another radiation emergency like 3 Mile Island or Fukushima, there will simply not be enough potassium iodide tablets to go around, nor time for so-called public heath officials or the morons at FEMA to deliver them.
The way that potassium iodide works, is that it blocks radioactive iodine from being taken into the thyroid gland. Proper dosage significantly reduces the risk thyroid cancer in people who have inhaled or ingested radioiodines. Young children and babies are at the most risk in a radiation emergency and persons over 40 at the least risk. In fact current prophylactic dosages are not recommended for persons over 40 but I’m not sure I agree with the more recent recommendations.
Potassium iodide tablets are very affordable and I recommend that everyone under 40 living in the eastern United States keep a 10 day supply on hand at all times. I don’t consider myself to be a “prepper” – just a realistic farmwife with old-fashioned common sense.
Don’t count on the idiots at FEMA to take care of your family. Protect your family yourself. The brand of potassium iodide that I recommend is Thyrosafe.