Regarding the issues raised by Anne Craig's Jan. 9 letter, “Are You Prepared for a Nuclear Accident?”: In the event we should have a nuclear incident affecting Western North Carolina, do we have a rational evacuation plan? For if we do not have a plan for a phased evacuation, traffic will be at a standstill on every exit road.
The key word is "phased." It is "not brain surgery" to develop a scheme that will schedule traffic onto the various exits; however, implementing and enforcing the plan may be the major problem.
Numerous options should be examined, namely, car tags starting with one through three leave in the first hour, four through six the next hour, etc. Or order based on the first letter of surname, and possibly Homeland Security could provide other plans.
Bottom line: our local FEMA office must formulate and publish a practicable evacuation plan.
— Thomas Kelemen-Beatty