Precautions To Be Taken During a Nuclear Mealtdown

March 18, 2011

I am reposting this article from the American  Thyroid Association for all of us to be aware of certain precautions we can take in the event of a nuclear meltdown to avoid radiation induced injuries….


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ATA underscores importance of KI distribution prior to nuclear emergencies 


ATA underscores importance of KI distribution prior to nuclear emergencies The tragic events in Japan over the last several days underscore the importance of distribution of potassium iodide (KI) in regions surrounding nuclear power plants. Radioactive iodine can be released in nuclear accidents. Infants and children are particularly at risk for thyroid cancer following exposures to high levels of radioactive iodine. If taken soon after exposure to the radioactive iodine released during a nuclear emergency, potassium iodide can help to provide protection against thyroid cancer. Distribution of potassium iodide in the area around a nuclear reactor prior to an accident can ensure that it is available in a timely fashion, even in the setting of major disruptions to transportation and other infrastructure, as have occurred in Japan.

Since 1984, the American Thyroid Association has advocated that:

  • Potassium iodide should be part of an emergency plan that includes evacuation, sheltering, and avoiding contaminated food, milk, and water.
  • Potassium iodide should be made available to populations living within 200 miles of a nuclear power plant.
  • Potassium iodide should be “predistributed” to households within 50 miles of a plant.
  • Potassium iodide should be used only under regulatory guidance.

Additional information about potassium iodide distribution can be found at:

ATA Brochures and FAQS:


For now it is safe to keep a close eye on the events unfolding in Japan.  Whats important is that precautionary measures are available for all of us to avoid harm.

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