Oct 26, 2022
Tucson, Ariz. As world tensions escalate, Doctors for Disaster Preparedness president Jane Orient, M.D., issued the following statement:
'Several news items should put Americans on high alert and stimulate them to improve their readiness for disaster:
- The British Daily Mail ran an Oct 19 article on New York City's Cold War fallout shelters, with references to recent public service announcements in New York and New Jersey on what to do if the 'big one' hit. The Daily Mail provided information on how New Yorkers could find the nearest shelter, while showing many photos of the shelters' deplorable condition. There are no supplies, and no radiation measuring instruments such as Geiger counters.
- Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu made phone calls to his counterparts in the U.S., UK, France, and Turkey, warning that Ukraine was planning to explode a 'dirty bomb' (radiological dispersal device) and blame it on Russia. Ukraine denies this.
- Ukraine is reportedly evacuating civilians from Nicholaev (Mykolayiv), which lies on the road between Russian-occupied Kherson City and Odessa, and is supplying Geiger counters and protective gear to the military.
- The S. has purchased $290 million worth of Nplate, a drug approved for immune thrombocytopenia, which might be useful for radiation sickness.
- The Biden Administration says that the risk of 'Armageddon' is at the highest level since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.
'A dirty bomb explosion could lead to direct confrontation between the U.S. and Russia, for example, if the troops in the U.S. 101st Airborne Division recently deployed to Romania try to enter Odessa. There is no clear stopping point for escalation of conflict between nuclear-armed parties.
'Americans need to recognize that the world is very small. They need to inform themselves about weapons effects, be aware of world developments, learn how to recognize fallout and measure radiation, and acquire supplies to get through a crisis.'
Doctors for Disaster Preparedness provides information to help save lives in the event of natural or man-made disasters.
Jane M. Orient, M.D.,