Here’s the news story: Belgium Issues Iodine Pills to All Citizens in Nuclear Emergency Plan.
“Belgium is to issue iodine tablets to its entire population as part of a revised nuclear emergency plan, a measure unveiled just months after it emerged that ISIS-linked bombers spied on a top scientist and hoped to build a “dirty bomb.” “
Essentially, an entire nation is prepping for nuclear emergency. One concern of Belgium officials is that either an accident or sabotage at the nuclear power plants in the nation could affect a large portion of the population. Belgium is a rather small nation, about the size of Maryland in the U.S.
Another concern is that terrorists will use a dirty bomb against the nation. Then, too, if a dirty bomb were used against a neighboring nation, some of the radioactivity might enter Belgium. So all citizens are at risk.
How large is the population of Belgium? About 11.2 million persons. That’s a large amount of KI (potassium iodide) to distribute. But KI is relatively cheap.
My question: why doesn’t the U.S. do the same, at least to residents near nuclear power plants, and residents of cities more likely to be attacked by terrorists (e.g. NYC, Washington DC)? When I lived in Florida, near enough to an aging nuclear power plant to receive a yearly evacuation plan, they neither distributed KI, nor suggested that we buy and store our own supply of KI.
More governments need to be more involved in preparing for various disasters.