Skip to comments.CDC gets serious about nuke terror (begins distributing guide)
Posted on 09/07/2005 9:16:20 PM PDT by traumer
WASHINGTON Saying "the chance that an overt or covert terrorist attack involving radioactive materials will occur is an unfortunate reality in the United States today," the Centers for Disease Control is putting a new emphasis on preparing the public and health-care professionals for nuclear terrorism.
Amid extensive resources published prominently on the CDC website is a new two-page brochure that can be printed titled, "Radiological Terrorism: Emergency Management Pocket Guide for Clinicians." The brochure was posted yesterday.
"CDC would play a key role in protecting the public health during and after an emergency involving radiation or radioactive materials," the agency explains.
The website includes information for the general public, first responders and medical professionals.
"Because of the terrorist events of 2001, people have expressed concern about the possibility of a terrorist attack involving radioactive materials," the agency says in explaining its own role in such an emergency. "During and after such an incident, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would assist state, local, and territorial authorities in protecting peoples health and offer advice on steps that people can take to reduce their exposures to radiation."
The CDC says it would assist and advise state and local health departments on recommendations on how to protect people from radioactive fallout and contamination, how to safely use food and water supplies in an affected area, assess the dangers in areas hit and monitor people for exposure to radiation.
"If necessary, CDC would also deploy the Strategic National Stockpile, a federal store of drugs and medical supplies set aside for emergency situations," says the report.
The report also includes answers to frequently asked questions about nuclear blasts and provides information that will be familiar to those who lived through the Cold War.
The website also includes a description of Prussian Blue, a blue dye that was first developed in 1704 that can remove certain radioactive materials from people's bodies. The CDC cautions it should only be used under a doctor's care.
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The CDC also recommends the public purchase KI or Potassium Iodide tablets for use in a radiological emergency.
"Local emergency management officials will tell people when to take KI," says the CDC. "If a nuclear incident occurs, officials will have to find out which radioactive substances are present before recommending that people take KI. If radioactive iodine is not present, then taking KI will not protect people. If radioactive iodine is present, then taking KI will help protect a person's thyroid gland from the radioactive iodine. Taking KI will not protect people from other radioactive substances that may be present along with the radioactive iodine."
The CDC points out the Food and Drug Administration recommends taking KI as soon as a radioactive cloud containing iodine from the explosion is close by and says KI may still have some protective effect even if it is taken three to four hours after exposure to radioactive iodine.
The new focus by the CDC on the terrorist nuclear threat comes weeks after WND and G2 Bulletin broke a series of stories on al-Qaida's "American Hiroshima" plan 10 years in the design stages to detonate one or more nuclear weapons in major cities in the U.S.
One ironic effect of this tragic event is that everyone (including me) is suddenly actually READING this disaster stuff now.
The possibilities just don't seem as distant anymore.
However, after 9/11 and this, I think we're out of wake up calls before a real terror strike hits.
Strafor says now is the perfect time for them.
I think we will be hit again, and most likely even harder. People here have grown too cynical. The terror level alerts are met with sneers, and they have gone to sleep. I do know our government, at least in the WH has not.
Just read the ARS (Acute Radiation Symptoms).
It makes me thinking about keeping a gun with a single bullet around....
Perhaps the CDC knows something our FREEPER experts don't?
We're only as strong as our weakest link.
In other words, we're screwed.
I sadly, much agree. Thx.
I bet the islamists are watching the CNN very closely....
I'm reading "Infiltration" by Paul Sperry about the commitment of the Islamofascists to destroy the U.S. and their enablers in all levels of our government. It is thoroughly sickening. I only hope that there is a shadow security apparatus hidden from public scrutiny that is tracking and monitoring these enemies. I have no doubt they will do everything in their power to make the "American Hiroshima" happen.
(just imo, no worries).
Just keep the Iodine around.
Do you think the US can descend into such anarchy like NO ?
And I think everyone knows it. The left isn't anti-W, anti-war, or anti-USA. Those movements are tools.
With eyes wide open they march chanting lies. They march towards death, their own and other's, Individually and as a culture it is clinical insanity.
No. I can't imagine an air invasion making it to the continental USA without first running into the USAF.
As for a land invasion, they would have to come in from the north via Canada, the South via mexico, or over large oceans on the East or West. Hard to imagine meaningful land forces could be mobilized on the north or south unnoticed, or quietly make it across the atlantic or pacific.
There's stuff to be concerned about. What you raised isn't worthy of serious concern.
We shall see what happens.
I provided none of what?
I'm gonna go look at this and I really hope that the words "duct tape and plastic sheeting" are not involved.