An alarming article in The Washington Post today reveals that the United States is still not ready for a nuclear emergency caused by an accident or terrorist attack. The Department of Homeland Security is quoted as saying, “current capabilities can only handle a few radiation injuries at any one time….there is no strategy for notifying the public in real time of recommendations on shelter or evacuation priorities.”
According to the story, the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile stopped purchasing KI two years ago and designated what they did have left as “excess.” The CDC still lists potassium iodide as one of only four drugs in the stockpile specifically for use in radiation emergencies. Other countries are not so hesitant. According to industry experts, government orders for KI have increased dramatically since the Fukushima nuclear plant, with one notable exception – the United States.
Here’s the article:Post Story