Preparing for Nuclear Disaster: How to Stay Informed

Do you live near an area of a nuclear power plant? While it’s equally sad and frustrating to think about, most people actually do not know the answer to that question. It’s actually dangerous because if a nuclear power plant accident were to happen, how would those people know what to do? You may also be alarmed at the number of self-described preppers who don’t know the answer to that themselves.

Fortunately, there are an abundance of sources for where you can look up nuclear power plants and other radiation sources in your local area that we will cover in this article, and we’ll also cover different methods of communication that you can use in the event of a disaster as well.

Remember that there are many scenarios that can lead to a nuclear disaster. Human mistakes and errors are not the only causes behind nuclear disasters. For example, the infamous Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan was caused by an earthquake. EMP attacks, hurricanes, and flashfloods could also result in a nuclear disaster. The point is that a potential new nuclear disaster is likely a far bigger threat than you realize, so you should pay close attention to the information that you are about to learn.

Resources On Nuclear Power Plants

One such resource is online, specifically on nuclear power plant monitoring sites. Here in the United States, you will be able to look up information on every reactor that exists in the country, with information collected from both the EPA and privately run sites. What’s more, is that you will even begin to look at the chancing radiation levels at each power plant.


There are also disaster information websites that you can look up to learn information on nuclear power plants across the country. The difference between these disaster sites and the nuclear power plant monitoring sites is that the disaster sites will also contain information on what to do in the event of a nuclear disaster, and also what to do in the event of different scales of a nuclear disaster, whether they be locally based or on a larger scale.

As we mentioned earlier, not all nuclear disasters are manmade. Some can be caused in the event of flashfloods or earthquakes, and disaster sites will also give you information on what to do in the midst of these disasters as well.

Finally, your other primary resource for learning about nuclear power plants across the United States will be the RSO-EDIS (Emergency and Disaster Information Service). The primary benefits of the RSO-EDIS will be the fact that they post recent headlines from across the Internet that concern nuclear power plants. If you read enough of these headlines, you’ll be able to soon recognize patterns with how nuclear plants operate and also realize how they impact our planet. You may also be able to find information here from people who have survived a nuclear disaster in the past and apply their advice into your own life.

How Will You Communicate In The Event Of A Nuclear Disaster?


Local communications are going to be dead in the event of a nuclear disaster. So how will you be able to learn about the latest updates and information, and more important, how will you be able to stay in touch with your family during the disaster?

One option is to access Public Address Systems via your radio, which will inform you of local news on FM and AM news. The specific type of radio that can give you this information is called a crank radio. They work with static electricity to pull in the local stations. It won’t be the strongest radio, but it will still be capable of picking up on the broadcasts reporting where the nuclear disaster has taken place and what the conditions are like surrounding it.

Your next option for communication is Private Band Transmitter systems. For one thing, these are one of the very few communication devices that will be able to survive an EMP attack. Learning how to build a Private Band Transmitter system will definitely be a nice skill to learn, even though it is currently illegal to have a large scale gap transmitter. Nonetheless, in a disaster that is large enough, these laws are largely going to be thrown out the window anyway.

Finally, you may also be able to be notified of a nuclear disaster by sirens. It’s weird to think about, because people have not heard a siren threat for many, many years. This means that if one were to sound off today, many people (especially younger people) would likely be confused by it and not know what it means.

The other issue is how effective the siren is. Is it only going to be audible in the immediate area or will civilians be able to hear it from several miles away?

The issue with TV or radio signals is that they won’t be able to reach everybody in the city. This means that many people will continue on with their day oblivious to the disaster until it’s too late. If there are no emergency sirens currently installed in your town, you should meet with city or local government officials to see if you can convince them to have them installed.

If the Fukushima disaster in Japan taught us anything, it’s that a nuclear disaster is easily one of the biggest threats that face us today. You can’t afford to just ignore or be unaware of any nuclear power plants that are in your area. Research them online, make sure you are in a position to be notified of any disaster that occurs, and have communication devices up and running so you can be up-to-date on information and be in touch with your friends and family members.

Dave Steen

About The Author: Dave is a 58 year old survivalist; father of three; with over 40 years of survival experience. He started young, learning survival the hard way, in the school of hard knocks. Now, after years of study, he's gray-haired and slightly overweight. That hasn't dimmed his interest in survival though. If anything, Dave has a greater commitment to survival than ever, so that he can protect his family. Click Here To Read More About Dave

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