Lucy D. Barker 6:13 p.m., May 23
An internet company has recently gone public in an attempt to turn a profit on the growing awareness of the risks, real or perceived, associated with the as-yet-unannounced resumption of operations at the idled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, which has been in a state of emergency shutdown since late January.
Enter ContagionSurvival.com, a marketer of disaster supplies that has in the past sold to the federal government but appears to be reaching out to private citizens seeking to protect themselves in the event of a serious nuclear event.
“We started ContagionSurvival.com to help people prepare themselves for a potential biological Pandemic, but threats of nuclear accidents, chemical spills and terrorism have forced us to look at protective kits in a more comprehensive way,” says an unnamed company spokesperson in a press release. “Our masks and powered respirators filter chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear contaminants.”
The company doesn’t say exactly what protections you’ll be securing with the “Family Deluxe Contagion Kit” ($519.95 for supplies to outfit two adults and one child), but it’s probably best to assume in the event of serious environmental contamination the best plan is still to leave the area as quickly as possible.