To the Editor: What happens in an emergency?

Following the unfortunate false alarm in Hawaii on Jan. 13, I gave some thought to “What would I do? Where would I go?” We know the drill for fire, earthquake and flood. But what about nuclear fallout?

I realized there are a lot of things I need to consider. How much time would there be to take shelter. What would be the best type of shelter besides an underground bomb shelter. How long to stay in shelter. Given enough advance warning what sort of things to take into shelter besides food, water, and medicine.

After a nuclear event and depending on distance/conditions, if we expect nuclear fallout, what is the probability of having running water, electricity, gas service, cell phone service, wireless Internet service, land line telephone service. If water systems are functional, can water be used — for drinking, washing, flushing. If there is water, electricity and/or gas, would it be OK to use air conditioning, evaporative cooling, gas heaters. What about portable fans and electric heaters. If sheltering in a small room would it be necessary to completely seal the room from outside air. For how long. If sealing a room, what about fresh air intake and air circulation.

Given answers to these concerns, I could do some advance preparation. With the exception of directions to build an underground bomb shelter, Internet information about the above concerns is very sparse and outdated.

I, and probably the community in general, would be very grateful to have some answers to these questions, along with some guidelines for a nuclear event disaster.

Does Ridgecrest even have an Early Warning System?

Linda Miller

The News Review made similar inquiries to disaster-preparedness groups in the community. Watch future editions for a follow-up.

Story First Published: 2018-01-19