Even as hurricanes have been becoming the normal disaster of the last few major crises, this doesn’t mean that your preparation for emergency situations like this one is unimportant. Even with 104 nuclear power plant across the country, it’s entirely possible for a plant to fall in the wake of a massive storm. The number of fault lines (which are a major cause of earthquakes and subsequent tsunamis worldwide) do not generally effect a good portion of the country, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be prepared.
In fact, a recent article discussed the findings of the National Resource Council, which judges the safety of nuclear plants. While there is always the fact that a plant can possibly rupture or cause a terrible disaster, the NRC has found that all U.S. chemical plants are safe in ‘extreme events,’ according to this World Nuclear News story:
“Inspections at all 104 of the USA’s operating nuclear power plants were carried out in response to the damage suffered at the Fukushima nuclear power plant after the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on 11 March. Resident NRC inspectors at all the US plants were directed to examine several areas including the plants’ mitigative strategies, which ensure reactor cores and used fuel pools can be effectively cooled following large fires, explosions or other events”
Although the backup systems are probably fine in the wake of a storm, it is still crucial for you to have emergency preparedness products just so any medical or sustenance issues can be handled while in hard situations where electricity and/or shelter are available. Items that you should have on hand include hand crank radios, freeze dried food and a water purification system. Of course, it stands to reason that you should also carry an emergency medical kit in case there is some type of injury that needs attending to.