I Told You So…

Ahh yes, the words no one likes to hear… “I told you so.” And yet as smug as they sound, the person saying them never really wanted to have to say them in the first place.

For years I’ve preached the need for people to prepare for nuclear disasters. Everything from nuclear power plant accidents to terrorism to all out warfare. We live in the nuclear age, nothing will ever change that. Yet mention preparedness measures to someone and they think you’re nuts. Until of course something DOES happen.

The disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, damaged by the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami, has created a run on potassium iodide (KI) supplies all over the world. This morning, KI4U.com had to stop taking new orders just to fulfill the orders that have already come in. Their supply of KI is intact, but the order volume is well beyond what they can handle.

The US Government has taken over supplies of the “RADSticker,” an inexpensive peel-and-stick device that shows accumulated radiation doses, in order to ship them to Japan.

So why the run on these products? Why do I have to say “I told you so?” You had plenty of time to prepare BEFORE this happened. But no one ever plans ahead.

Take this as the most positive proof you can get that everyone, EVERYONE, needs to plan ahead for disaster. Any disaster. Listen to emergency managers and prepare before so you’re not screwed after.

Build your 72-hour kit. Store food and water. Gather up supplies, educate yourself on what to do, make sure no matter where you are you have some means of getting emergency information. HEED THE WARNING!