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Doomsday Preppers Week 6: Escape From New York

No Snake Plisskins were harmed during the making of this episode.

by
Bob Owens

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December 19, 2012 - 3:20 pm

Cameron Moore has done a lot of traveling and missionary work in a little more than two decades on the planet, and he’s worried that an earthquake will rupture the containment of the Indian Point nuclear power station, which 35 miles north of the city. Frankly, there are a lot of things to worry about with a nuclear power plant over 40 years old, and earthquakes even with a plant build on top of a fault… well, they aren’t at the top of the list.

Maintenance issues and questionable security are the two main threats to nuclear plants like Indian Point. A small to moderate leak is something that you might expect, or even a hostage situation, but I can’t claim that I’d really be worried about Indian Point if I lived in NYC. Being a pedestrian on a Saturday night is far more dangerous. Nonetheless, Moore has reached out to Aton Edwards, a prepping expert, to help him flee west into New Jersey if Indian Point melts down. I’d rather glow in the dark, but to each his own.

For reasons I find dubious and perhaps scripted, Moore refuses to consider using nearby bridges and tunnels that would more than likely be perfectly functional for a pedestrian even if car traffic comes to a grinding halt, and decides he’s going to walk north for miles before attempting to paddle across the Hudson.

I have two words for Moore: tidal chart. There is no reason to walk so dang far when 50 percent of the time you’ll be dealing with a rising tide that doesn’t risk flushing you out to sea.

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