what you need to know in the nuclear age


A prudent man foresees the difficulties ahead and prepares for them;
the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.
Proverbs 22:3

There is a great deal you can do to be prepared for nuclear war or other nuclear scenarios. You will need potassium iodide or potassium iodate to protect your thyroid gland from radioactive iodine. You will need to prepare a strategy for having clean and uncontaminated water and you will need a plan for obtaining clean or at least relatively clean food. Most importantly you will need knowledge of how to protect yourself and your family in a post-nuclear situation.

1) Potassium iodide (KI) or potassium iodate (KIO3) thyroid blocker

Nuclear war or reactor accidents will release large amounts of radioactive iodine, which is particularly dangerous because it travels downwind in gaseous form and will be avidly taken up by your thyroid gland. The radioactivity can then wreak havoc upon your thyroid and very possibly cause thyroid cancer. You may have read about this in the newspapers, and the government is finally considering passing out stable potassium iodide pills which will protect your thyroid by blocking the uptake of radioactive iodine. Potassium iodate will work just as well. If you're preparing for nuclear war, this is where you should start because it is so important.

Recommended Doses of Potassium Iodide for Different Risk Groups

   Daily potassium iodide dose (mg)   # of 65mg Tablets 
Adults over 40 yrs 130 mg 2
Adults over 18 through 40 yrs 130 mg 2
Pregnant or lactating women 130 mg 2
Children over 12 through 18 yrs* 65 mg 1
Children over 3 through 12 yrs 65 mg 1
Over 1 month through 3 years 32 mg 1/2
Birth through 1 month 16 mg 1/4

*Adolescents approaching adult size (> 70 kg) should receive the full adult dose (130 mg).

In some places you may be able to obtain potassium iodide free from the government. It may not be available to you however, and it is inexpensive so you may wish to obtain your own supply:

Best online source of KI and KIO3:

  • (ask for the discount when you place your order and get $3 off each bottle of 200).

2) Radiation detection:

You're going to need reliable radiation detection equipment, otherwise you'll have no idea of your immediate safety in a postnuclear situation. Avoid buying secondhand radiation detection equipment at eBay or other sources, you need equipment that has been recently calibrated so you know it is functional. There is a great deal of junk on the market and it won't help you very much. You should investigate these sources:

  • - good used equipment and new stuff too. Mention the discount when you place your order and get $10 off any radiation meter; or get $5 off every dosimeter and charger you buy there. You can get a discounted price on all but a few items at that site just by mentioning when you place your order.
  • - everybody should have one of these amazing state-of-the-art radiation detectors. Get $10 off the price by mentioning the discount when you place your order.

3) Water Filters:

There are many options for water filters, what you want are filters containing activated carbon or else osmotic filters. Water distillers are good for removing radioactive contaminants too but are generally energy-intensive. We will let email rad alert subscribers know whenever we locate exceptionally good suppliers of water filters and water distillers.

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