Our July Skill of the Month is planning an evacuation, and for some of us, that’s easier said than done. Survival Mom Renee posted this question over on the Survival Mom forum, and I think we can give her some help. She says,
I live 12 miles from a nuclear power station. I also have a son with Asperger’s (special needs), and my elderly parents live 2 houses down from me. I have been able to talk them into getting a (very, very) basic B.O.B. Just clothes, meds, together in one place, along with some Iosat tablets and a mini-first aid kit I added, but that’s it so far. My biggest concern right now is how to figure out a plan in case there is some sort of explosion at the nuclear plant. Even if we are able to get in our car and start to leave right away, there aren’t that many ways out of here, back roads, mostly, and by the time we get a little ways down the road, other people will also be evacuating and there will be a traffic jam from hell. I can’t imagine my mother, in her bad health, being able to handle getting out of the car and hoofing it on foot anywhere, so we very likely may get stuck on the side of the road somewhere, which would not be good since my mom can barely walk and has extreme anxiety already.
I’m trying to figure out what the worst case scenario might be in a case like that, like if terrorists bomb it or something. How big of an explosion would there be, how much radiation, and how far would it travel? Being 12 miles away is it feasible to plan to stay home and shelter in place, or should we make a mad dash for it? So I guess I’m asking what process I could use to develop some sort of formula to help me determine what the best plan is for us to have so I can communicate it with my parents and plan our BOB’s accordingly. All I know is, as long as I’m sitting here not knowing, the lack of plan is the worst part of it all. Any suggestions would be great.
What advice do you have for Renee? I’m sure she isn’t the only Survival Mom (and Dad) facing a similar dilemma. You can post your suggestions here, over on the forum, or both. Thanks! (You’ll have to register to reply on the forum, but it’s a simple matter and won’t generate any obnoxious spam email.)