Surviving A Nuclear Blast

 

Why do you have to be prepared for that?

Nuclear Blast- how a mushroom cloud looks
Nuclear Blast- how a mushroom cloud looks

Given the whole word has been a little unpredictable lately, staying prepared for a nuclear blast is something you should really be thinking about.

Anonymous has recently released footage about an imminent WW3.

Also, the American government just revised its plan of survival in case of a nuclear blast.

“A nuclear blast is an explosion with intense light and heat, a damaging pressure wave, and widespread radioactive material that can contaminate the air, water, and ground surfaces for miles around. A nuclear device can range from a weapon carried by an intercontinental missile launched by a hostile nation or terrorist organization, to a small portable nuclear device transported by an individual. All nuclear devices cause deadly effects when exploded, including blinding light, intense heat (thermal radiation), initial nuclear radiation, blast, fires started by the heat pulse and secondary fires caused by the destruction,” according to the Government.

Keeping that in mind, knowing how to survive such an unfortunate event is a must.

First of all, don’t panic!

A nuclear attack is unpredictable. If you are on ground zero, chances of survival are next to none.

But, if you’re a few miles away from the blast, survival chances increase.

If you are, for example, 10 miles away, you’ll probably have 10-15 seconds to figure out what to do.

In this case, first of all, you have to look for shelter. On a 600 sq miles area around the blast everything would be levelled to the ground.

You’ll have just 10-20 minutes after the explosion to hide from the deadly amount of radiation, so you’ll have to think fast.

If you’re wearing flammable clothes you should get rid of them as quickly as possible.

Travelling after a nuclear attack might be tough, so you’ll definitely need good map reading and navigation skills.

The ability of reading wind can be very useful because you’ll know the direction to ground zero and you’ll be able to avoid the area. A Geiger counter would be really helpful and would be a good idea to have one in your survival kit.

Where should you go if you’re out on the street during a nuclear attack

Radiation levels outside will skyrocket. After 24 hours they’ll level down by 80% so you’ll have to stay indoors for at least a day.

If you can reach your home, or a place you know is just minutes away, is best to head there fast.

While you’re inside lay as close to the ground as possible. Hide behind brick or concrete walls.

Even if you’re miles away from the explosion, protect your eyes because the light and radiation  can blind you.

Plan Ahead

However, if you’re lucky, you’ll be at home. The best you can do is be prepared.

Just put together a survival kit. Have a plan ready and tell your family about it. Make sure everyone knows what to do in case something bad happens.

In your survival kit, along with a Geiger counter (a device for measuring radiation levels). It will be best to have civilian gas masks too.

How to build a fallout room in your home

How a fallout room shoud look
How a fallout room should look

The best thing you want to have in your home, is a fallout room for protection. You can build it in your cellar or your basement. You will want to build the walls as dense as possible. Use concrete, brick, sand, anything you can find, even wood, in addition to the existing walls. Also add nails, a hammer and a torch to your survival kit, in case you’ll need to rebuild the place after the blast. You will be living there for at least two days, but it might be better to be prepared for a couple of weeks.

When using the fallout room make sure you are as clean as possible. It’s smart to have water stored (at least one gallon per day per family member).  Remember that soap is very important too. A portable toilet can turn out to be useful. Don’t use any kind of conditioner because it will bind the radioactive material to your hair.

Supplies

Remember… You can’t eat or drink anything that’s been contaminated. If you want to survive the fallout, make sure you have enough food and clean water. You can remove the radioactive material from your water supply with a normal water filter. Borax or activated carbon will do the trick.

Remember to bring plates, forks, knives and any other kitchen objects that you think might turn out to be helpful. An underground garden would be a great addition and could save your life. If you can, you can even learn how to take care of a bee hive. A dozen bees would be enough to pollinate the crop. Outside bees would definitely go extinct in case of a nuclear attack.

Don’t forget about warm clothsblanketsbootsgloves, bed pad, toilet supplies, cleaners and other disinfectants. If you take your clothes off, you can get rid of about 90% of the radioactive dust. Given the fact that you will discard your clothes as soon as possible. After that, remember to choose the ones in warm colours. Do that if you want to reduce the burns you may get on your skin. Perfume and baby powder also block radiations.

Speaking of supplies, you should not forget about all kind of medications you might need. Bring an extra set of special pills if you suffer from anything. Take into consideration that you’ll most probably feel ill. If you don’t have access to medication, you can look into natural remedies, such as Vitamin C,E, natural antioxidants, etc.

Technology is vital

You’ll need a radio and extra batteries in order to stay in touch with the outside world. Keep in mind that radiation can’t be seen or felt so try not to go out. Stay up to date using a TV or a radio. Keep your phone near, in case the lines would still work and try to have an internet connection.

Socially, a nuclear blast is a crisis

This might be one of the most important things to consider for your surviving plan. In scenarios like this all your social life will change completely. You will have limited supplies and people will definitely change their behaviour. There is no quick or easy way to recover after a nuclear blast. Prepare to deal with this. Discuss it carefully with your loved ones. Try not to look too suspicious though to avoid uncomfortable situations. After the fallout you might have to live in small communities… And with a limited amount of supplies there might be a constant battle for you and your family’s own safety.

Everything will change

The biggest problem after a nuclear attack are shifts in society. The effects of the radioactive material will last for years and years. Your whole life will change. Maybe the entire human species could be in danger. The effects of radiation can lead to conceiving problems for the children and the new adults exposed to the them.

This aspect doesn’t have any viable solution so far. Most probably, step by step, the society will rebuild itself.

Keep in mind that you should always balance staying positive with having a good survival plan while trying to make the best of everyday, because this is what matters most.

 

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