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How to stay safe from radiological contaminants in the event of a nuclear emergency

January 24, 2022 3 min read

How to stay safe from radiological contaminants in the event of a nuclear emergency

Nuclear emergencies are not something the average American is prepared for. Generally, the thought of a nuclear emergency brings to mind World War II and atomic bombs. Unfortunately, these emergencies do not need a war to come to head. Radiation emergencies can include explosions, nuclear power plant accidents, or dirty bombs

So, can someone stay safe in the event of a nuclear emergency?

First things first, nuclear events can be planned fornow, before anything happens. Nuclear events can lead to extreme casualties and damage if not anticipated. A few simple steps can be followed to prepare for a nuclear emergency: 

  1. First and foremost, create an emergency supply kit. Include packaged food, medicine, a hand-crank radio, and bottled water. For a more economic and long-lasting alternative to bottled water, use a water purification system that filters out  radiological contaminants.
  2. Next, know of a safe building to shelter in. Immediately after hearing of a nuclear event, shelter inside a secure building. (Cars are not secure, as the building must have solid walls.)
  3. Remove any outer layers of clothing, as these could potentially be contaminated. 

Nuclear explosions release radiological contaminants into the atmosphere. Radiological contaminants, also known as radionuclides, are produced both naturally and manufactured. In nature, they are found in granite bedrock, but human activities have increased the potential for human exposure to the chemicals. Nuclear power plants manufacture these contaminants, and a spill by these power plants could lead to a nuclear emergency. 

Nuclear emergencies are not controlled by an individual, but the individual can do everything in their power to be ready for a nuclear event. Part of preparation is to compile an emergency supply kit, and access to clear water is a vital part of ensuring readiness. Water sources could be potentially contaminated during a nuclear event, so one must prepare for clean water in another way. While many preparedness experts suggest bottled water, bottled water is fleeting and may not last in the case of a long-term nuclear event. Accessing a water filtration system is key to ensuring safety during a nuclear emergency. Radon 222, cesium 137 and 134, and uranium are all radionuclides that would be emitted during an emergency, and Seychelle Radiological filters are independently lab tested to remove these contaminants from water. 

Including a Seychelle Radiological water filter in one’s emergency supply kit allows for peace of mind that, in the event of a nuclear emergency, water will be the least of their concerns. Investing in Seychelle is investing in clean water, no matter the circumstances.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a nuclear emergency?

A nuclear emergency, also known as a radiation emergency, consists of a radioactive release of chemicals caused by a nuclear power plant accident, nuclear explosion, or dirty bomb. 

What can I do to prepare for a nuclear emergency?

In the event of a nuclear emergency, it is vital to get indoors and remove any contaminated clothing. Before the emergency occurs, prepare an emergency supply kit including a water filter. Water filters must be vetted to filter out radiological contaminants. Seychelle Radiological filters are independently tested to remove these contaminants, allowing for clean water in the long term. 

Works Cited

“Be Prepared for a Nuclear Explosion.” FEMA, March 2018,  https://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/2020-11/ready_nuclear-explosion_fact-sheet_0.pdf. Accessed 24 January 2022. 

NMCL Employee. “A Look at Radiological Water Contaminants.”Berkey Water, 19 June 2017,  https://www.berkeywater.com/news/a-look-at-radiological-water-contaminants/#:~:text=HOW%20RADIATION%20EXPOSURE,the%20switch%20quickly.. Accessed 24 January 2022. 

“Radiation Emergencies.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2022,  https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/radiation/emergencies/getinside.htm. Accessed 24 January 2022.