Prepare for the Unimaginable – How to Survive a Nuclear Attack
With Global Terrorism on the rise, and tensions between nations at a level not seen since the Cold War, not to imagine the unpredictable Donald Trump becoming the most powerful man in the world – with the power to command the entire US arsenal of nukes, it is certainly a worrying time that we live in. But if the worst were to happen, (and you only have to watch Threads for an insight into that) do you know how to ensure you raise yours and your family’s chances of survival?
First of all, make sure that you are fully prepared – keep a good supply of tinned goods and bottles of fresh water. Keep as much as you possibly can stock in your home. If war were to become imminent, there will be panic buying at supermarkets everywhere, and you can rest assured that you are already prepared. It is also a good idea to keep and old AM/FM radio and a supply of batteries. Power grids will be destroyed during the attack, and a radio is the way that you will be able to keep up to date with any news updates. If you are able to build a fallout shelter or bunker, this is the best thing to do. See here for instructions on how to build one, and what you will need. It is also a good idea to keep a supply of outdoor survival equipment from http://www.angloforro.co.uk/product-category/survival/equipment/ who specialise in survival equipment, as the conditions in the aftermath will be very basic. It is also a good idea to build yourself a portable supply kit to keep in your workplace.
Keeping an eye on the news is always a good idea, as you don’t want to be caught off guard when the bomb hits – if possible you should already be in your bunker or fallout room, but remember, big cities and military bases are going to be the main targets – so be as far away from these as possible. If you live in a big city, a bunker is your best chance of survival, as everything within an approximately five-mile radius will be instantly destroyed (depending on the size of the bomb). If you are caught off guard, take cover – head indoors, or even under a bridge – take the best cover available to you at the time, as the last place you want to be is out in the open – the heat generated by an atomic bomb is hotter than the surface of the sun. Do not look directly at the blast as this will blind you. Surviving the blast itself is the first challenge.
The second challenge is the fallout from the bomb. Nuclear fallout is invisible and extremely toxic to human life, and to the environment. Stay in your shelter. As you will have already prepared, you will have a supply of food and water. The next fourteen days from the explosion are the most dangerous for fallout, but if your bunker is in a large city you may have to shelter for longer. The first 24 hours are when 80 per cent of the fallout will hit. Do not venture outside at all, and keep checking regularly for any news updates, which will help you find out as much information as you can, and you can decide of what you will do next. It should tell you specific details of what has happened, where it is safe to go and places that you should avoid If you were caught outside during the blast, you should remove all items of clothing and if you have any debris on you get as much of it off as possible, before entering your shelter.
It is a horrific thing to think about, but preparing for events like this will make the difference between life and death.