What do you need to get you and your family by this increased radiation hazard we Left Coasters face?
In a word, you need INFORMATION. When Rojo, the outlaw chieftain in "For a Few Dollars More" said, "In these parts, a man's life may depend on a mere scrap of information", the buzzard was speaking for the ages, not just the movie. We need those scraps of information. Here are a few:
- A quick primer on Radiation Safety which I wrote. Over the years, I've boned up on this information both professionally and as a matter of continuing casual interest.
- The current news on the radiation situation in Japan. There are a few good links in this article, also.
- I'm still looking for the most definitive and current source of information, but Yahoo! News seems to fill my needs at the moment.
- NHK World News. This is the Japanese news conglomerate, with a government slant.
- Here's a frequency chart for listening to NHK on shortwave radio. You don't HAVE a shortwave radio? Go to C.Crane & Co and order one. I recommend this one, if you can afford it, and this one if you can't.
- You're going to need to monitor the upper-air wind flow, so here in the PacNorWest, the area (along with the West Coast of Canada and SE AK, the likely areas to see radiation), you go to NOAA and set up a sequence of their surface-weather charts. This one click ought to do it. the way to use these is focus on one area, don't try to watch the whole map as it changes before your eyes. Learn to watch the "wind feathers" for direction. Remember, they point to the place the wind's blowing TO at the quill of the feather. When you see something you want to get back to, punch the "stop" button and then the back-arrow to get beck to that chart to study it in detail. Here's the aviation winds-aloft chart, always select "FL 300" since that is the most likely location of the Jet Stream, which will bring in any radiation we get.
- General information: here's how one of our nuke power providers plans for emergency response. Here's how Oregon manages it's Radiation Safety emergency Planning. In a word, sketchy.
- Finally, here's how our government tracks radiation. BTW, it took me quite a while to find this site, which tells me the dot.gov doesn't WANT IT FOUND.