In this short article I am going to relate to all my prepper friends and followers the value of game scenarios. What these scenarios are is nothing more than a possible event that could take place and you determine exactly how you would handle the situation. Without further ado let’s began one of these games at this time.
Suppose you reside in Northern Delaware which is directly across the river from the Hope Creek Generating Station. Here you have a nuclear power plant that supplies electricity to the surrounding area. There are a number of issues that could take place with this plant and we will briefly review one of them at this time. As a scenario this plant could experience a melt-down which would put a considerable amount of radiation into the air.
Technically, a nuclear power plant meltdown is another name for a nuclear reactor accident. In essence, it is the accidental melting of the nuclear reactor’s core. These types of accidents take place when the heat generated from the reactors exceeds the amount of heat which can be removed by the plants cooling system. There are various reasons that this situation can develop but the prime cause is usually the loss of coolant or its pressure.
We have all heard of the term China syndrome previously which is a hypothetical nuclear reactor accident which is characterized by a meltdown of the core which not only burns through the containment vessel, its housing building, but finally through the crust of the Earth as well until it actually reaches the opposite side of our planet. There is no way that a core could melt and penetrate the multiple miles of the Earth’s crust. If it were able to get to the center of the Earth it could not escape the pull of gravity and transverse to the other side. For years this concept had been promoted and is simple hog-wash. It can not happen and it never will happen so this should relieve some worry from the people living near a reactor location.
We will not trouble ourselves into the matter of the different reactor designs and the safety features associated with each but rather being safe in general. If we assume in our little game scenario that this disaster is taking place, our goal would be to decide what we shall do to protect ourselves and our family members. The final question that remains is how do I do accomplish this?
As for looking at a bug out from the survivalist view you likely would not have more than an hour or two at the most to gather your survival gear, needed food supplies, important documents, and other necessities and get on the road since it would essentially take place with little warning what so ever. Next you would need to consider where you would go to. Most people who plan to bug out rarely think of this phase of the plan. Every prepper should consider this issue and do their proper research before hand. As an example, to leave the small state of Delaware you have basically three exits. North, West and South and unless you plan and leave ahead of time you will likely be caught up in the slow flow of traffic. It really does not matter what type of vehicle you plan to escape with as all of them will experience the same problems. Having like minded people at a remote location is certainly a feather in your cap. This would give you a place to head towards rather than wandering aimlessly looking for a safe location.
Let’s get down to brass tacks now and see what you need to do in order to keep your family safe. It is recommended that in the event of a meltdown you should be at least 50 miles from the reactor location. The wind direction would play a critical role in the route which you may plan to travel. You would certainly not want to be in a downwind direction from the radiation. As mentioned briefly above you must consider how condensed the population will be as you make your way to safety. Crowded highways are sure to be on the agenda.
To get an idea of just how far your 50 mile point would be, you can take an atlas or some sort of map and a compass. Position your compass according to the scale you are using and set it for 50 miles. Next place the point of the compass on your city or on the location of the nuclear power plant and draw a circle around it. You know have an idea as to where you need to get to in order to be safe.
As you can clearly see the key to survival is proper planning. Consider your supplies and equipment well ahead of any potential problems, plan several routes in different directions very carefully, do your homework ahead of time and read between the lines. Few people seem to have mastered the concept of reading between the lines. If the plant sirens are going off that should be your key to get on the road. Be sure to practice to improve your speed and hopefully you will never have to do this in real life.
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