Thirty states in the US have nuclear reactors. There are 99 reactors for 61 nuclear power plants. You should be more worried about a problem with one of the reactors than your town being hit with a nuclear bomb. This means you need to be aware of the ways to minimize the risk of radiation exposure or contamination. If your home is within 50 miles of a plant, a nuclear accident will result in contaminated food and water. It is important that you always have a supply of these inside your home, preferably in the basement to last for a week or two at a minimum. To further prevent health problems from the radiation, nuclear shielding measures should be understood.
The Floors of Your Home
Believe it or not, your home can be an effective nuclear shield. The best shielding occurs under the ground and in the middle of the building. To have the best shielding, have a basement that has a sub-level to it. This is where you should have your supplies stored and where you should go in the case of an emergency. A regular basement will be the next best thing. If you do not have a basement, get to the middle of the house. If your home is three stories high, go to the center of the second floor. Contact a local outlet, such as Nuclear Lead Co., Inc., for further assistance.
What Your Home is Made Of
For the absolute highest protection, use lead in the walls of the area you are using as a fallout shelter. If this is not possible, concrete or brick is the next best thing, the thicker and denser the better. If you live near a reactor, a brick house is a good idea, this includes having the internal walls made of brick too.
To keep contamination from coming in, make sure there is a way to seal all the HVAC vents. Have a plan in place to be able to disconnect the air conditioner from the external wall and seal the opening. If you have a fireplace, make sure you can completely close off the chimney. It is a good idea to have caulking on hand to go around all the doors and windows too.
While sealing up the house, or staying in the sub-basement is only necessary in a nuclear accident, having a house made of materials that provide nuclear shielding will help protect your family from the radiation that occurs in the atmosphere no matter how close you live to a nuclear power plant.Read More