The Five Things You Absolutely Must Have In Case Of A Nuclear War Or Attack
The state of affairs in the world seems to be on the cusp of major conflict. And with the widespread availability of deadly weapons of mass destruction that include nuclear and radioactive bombs, it’s only a matter of time before someone with destruction on their mind pushes the button.
The attack can come from State actors in the middle east or Asia, or terrorist factions who aim to kill as many people as possible in one fell swoop.
While the possibility of such an attack occurring is relatively low on any given day, the fact remains that should a nuclear emergency every happen it will come seemingly out of nowhere, leaving millions of people in a state of panic as they try to figure out what to do.
The following 5 things are must-haves for anyone concerned with the possibility of a nuclear or raidological attack, as well as nuclear emergencies like those witnessed in Chernobyl, Russia and Fukushima, Japan over the last several decades.
1. An Evacuation Plan
Nuclear emergencies are dangerous and the fallout from a mushroom cloud or leaked reactor can be deadly within minutes. The absolute best way to avoid exposure is to get out of the crisis area as soon as possible. In preparedness circles this is called a “bug out plan” and creating one involves various factors that may be specific to your particular city or personal needs. Here are some quick tips provided by preparedness expert Tess Pennington in her book The Prepper’s Blueprint:
- Map out at least two ways to get out of the city. Unless you are out the door within minutes of realizing a nuclear disaster has taken place keep in mind that highways and high trafficked thoroughfares will be jam packed with lots of panicked people, so try to avoid these choke points. Using back roads where possible may be a good alternate.
- Be sure to make a printed paper copy of your escape maps and directions. You must assume that in any serious crisis mobile phone traffic, and thus availability of online mapping tools, will be inaccessible.
- Have an emergency supply bag in your vehicle or available to grab as you run out the door. Among other things, this bag should include three days worth of emergency rations per person, water, medical supplies, a knife, compass, and a change of clothes.
- Live by this rule: “If my gas tank goes below half full, it’s empty.” In an emergency, the first place evacuees will go is the gas station and it’s the last place you want to be held up as nuclear fallout approach. Always have enough gas in your vehicle to get at least 150 miles outside of the danger zone.
- Have pre-planned meeting spots. There will be panic and confusion as you evacuate, so be sure to create specific meeting spots where friends and family know to go once they get out of the emergency area. Directions to these meeting spots should be printed on paper rather than depending on digital devices.
2. Prepare A “Bug In” Shelter If You Can’t Get Out Of The Disaster Area
In the event you cannot leave the disaster zone for whatever reason, you’ll need to take shelter immediately. According to the CDC you’ll want to shut off all air conditioners, close doors and shut all windows. If possible move to a part of your home that does not have walls or windows to the outside. A large closet or bathroom would be ideal. You may also want to line the room with thick plastic sheeting, a strategy that can also be applied during chemical or biological emergencies.
Plan for at least three days, which means you’ll need to consider food, water and sanitation.
Finally, sheltering in place for hours or days could very easily lead one to go “stir crazy.” To alleviate the anxiety of being cooped up in a room with family members or friends consider incorporating books, games or other activities into your plan.
3. Anti-Radiation Nuke Pills
When radioactive fallout threatened the U.S. West coast following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, the Department of Homeland Security recommended that residents take anti-radiation pills to minimize absorption of radioactive material by the thyroid gland. Within 24 hours of the recommendation all of the available supply of this life-saving medicine was exhausted, showing just how quickly essential supplies disappear once a disaster is realized. Thus, stockpiling anti-radiation pills before disaster strikes is strongly recommended.
Protect yourself and your loved ones with iOSAT — it’s the only thyroid blocking agent that’s approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to protect against nuclear radiation emergencies. Potassium Iodide (KI), the active ingredient in iOSAT, is clinically proven to protect against up to 99% of all radiation-induced thyroid damage when used as directed.
4. Gas Mask Kit Rated For CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) Emergencies
Whether you are sheltering in place or “bugging out” during a nuclear or radiological disaster, the most effective way to ensure minimal absorption of contaminants is by completely sealing your respiratory system from a hazardous environment.
This can be accomplished with the use of self-contained air filtering systems in the form of gas masks with properly rated filters.
But not all gas masks are created equal. You’ll want to make sure the combination of gas mask and filter that you utilize is rated for NBC emergencies – Nuclear, Biological and Chemical.
The SGE 400/3 BB (pictured above) was originally developed for military and law enforcement use and is now available to civilians. Going a step beyond traditional gas masks, this advanced breathing protection device is rated to protect against all CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear)-level threats.
Combined with a NATO-compliant air filter, this breathing protection kit will offer up to 8 hours of protection from air contaminants per filter use.
Moreover, the SGE 400/3 BB can be customized with a protective hood and an self-contained drinking system, allowing the wearer to maintain hydration and sustenance without having to remove the mask during a nuclear fallout event.
5. Full Body Coveralls
Even when sheltering in place there is a real possibility that nuclear contaminants will be in the air, seeping through open cracks or porous materials. Those contaminants can be absorbed by our bodies through our skin, leading to potential radiation poisoning.
To minimize the affects of fallout, you can shield your entire body from the aftereffects of a hazardous event with full body coveralls rated for Nuclear, Biological or Chemical threats. To be NBC compliant, coveralls must be Non-porous, airtight and designed for rigorous use (such as evacuating a disaster area).
Pictured above, this NBC Full Body Coverall has been designed for use by emergency officials at the Department of Homeland Security, Centers for Disease Control and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.