Let’s just cut to the chase here. If you have been paying attention to what’s being going on in the world for the past 8-10 years (NOT the past 100 days as the media would make you believe) you’ll know that we are not living in peaceful times.
In fact, we are closer to WW3 that we have ever been and the threat of nuclear attacks, although always there, has never been more real. As preppers, we like to think we’re prepared for the worst. It truth is, we’re not. Sure, we can survive a few weeks with our family and know we enough supplies to do so, but that’s not in a nuclear disaster scenario. Far from it, in fact.
So the question is, what can we do to prepare (the best we can) for a nuclear disaster? Given the time we’d have to actually DO that is so small, we now have to think about how to be as ready as we can be to, not only survive the blast, but live through it’s aftermath. You see, anyone who says that nuclear disasters are practically impossible to survive is wrong. Let us explain…
This list of ten items, some of which are common and in your home right now, are essentials for surviving a nuclear bomb with the possibility of walking away unscathed.
Sandbags- In order to survive the initial gamma radiation after a nuclear bomb you will need to put as much dense material between you and the radiation possible, like dirt or sand. Sandbags are the perfect choice to hold the material. Remember, for every 3.6 inches of sand or dirt between the radiation and you, you halve your dose.
Shovel- To bury the dead? Maybe, but in this case to fill the sandbags. Even if you don’t heed my warning, the shovel can still pile dirt into or onto something to shield you from radiation.
Wind Sock– A windsock can be used to quickly assess the direction and strength of the surface winds. This can give you a basic indication as to how long you have to prepare before the radiation arrives. Be sure to pay attention to the weather everyday to note the upper level winds.
Plastic Sheeting- We all laughed when homeland security told us to stock up on plastic sheeting but there is some merit to this, actually quite a bit. You can pile dirt on top of it for an expedient shelter, temporarily fix broken windows, after the gamma radiation subsides it can be used to make a “clean room” when you have to leave your home in search of food or water.
Rain Suit- After you emerge from shelter you will need to separate your body from the harmful alpha and beta particles you will face. A rubber or non-breathing vinyl rain suit is perfect for the job. Don’t forget to add rubber gloves as well.
Duct Tape- Another homeland security punchline that is actually very useful. Use it to install the aforementioned plastic sheeting in the above scenarios, use it to tape the joints between your gloves and your rain suit and rain pants to boots.
Water Heater or Well Pressure Tank- These are often overlook sources of clean, safe water. If you didn’t store a half a gallon of water for each person for two weeks, here is 80+ “man/days” of water. Keep in mind that your neighbors who don’t know how to survive the initial gamma radiation also have water heaters and pressure tanks…and food.
Case of N95 Respirators– For the first few weeks at the least when you leave shelter you will have to protect yourself from breathing in hot particles. While Alpha and Beta particles aren’t so bad on the outside of your body if you breath them in they can do major damage very quickly.
Means of Measuring Radiation- Whether it is a Geiger counter, dosimeter pen or a homemade Kearny meter, or even plans for the meter have a way to measure radiation. By the time you show symptoms of acute radiation poisoning it is probably already too late.
Potassium Iodide– The only “preventative medicine” for a nuclear bomb. It works by saturating your thyroid with “good” iodine and allows Iodine 131 (the bad kind) to mostly pass through your system quickly.
Having these items in a nuclear emergency is one thing, knowing what to do with them and when to do it is another. This video can help you with that:
Don’t forget to have your BugOut Bag ready to grab and leave immediately if the SHTF. Check out our Bugout Bag Basics guide for ideas…