If you had asked me a year ago how important it is to prep for a nuclear attack I would have put it pretty low on my list.
More likely than an alien invasion or a zombie apocalypse but not by much. Today my tune has changed a bit, mainly because of the way North Korea has been firing ballistic missiles into the air like they're bottle rockets.
If you do find yourself in a situation where the United States gets nuked, the truth is, there isn't much you can do if you're within the blast range. But if you find yourself still able to breath after the mushroom cloud, here's what you can do.
1. Get Inside or Underground
Put as many walls between you as possible. Just because the blast didn't take you out, doesn't mean the air won't be volatile. An unground bunker or basement with thick walls is best.
2. Can't get inside?
Hide behind something big that will take the brunt of the blast. Find alleys or passage ways, but do not stay in the open. Then lay on the floor and cover your head until the blast wave has passed.
Then go inside and get clean.
3. Get cleaned up and remove clothes
Removing your clothes will get rid of 90% of the radioactive waste.
Shower with soap and shampoo your hair but do not use conditioner as it can bind the radioactive material to your hair.
If you can't get in a shower, use a wet clean cloth to rub your body off.
4. Continue monitoring local and government broadcasts
Listen to your local and government broadcast for news about the blast, safe zones, and evacuation procedures.
Also, monitor local traffic and weather reports before bugging out. You'll want to know how congested roads are because sitting in your car, stuck in traffic, is an awful idea. It's best to wait it out in your basement until the air has cleared.
5. Always have an emergency kit on hand
Your nuclear prepping survival kit won't be much different than the kits you put together for hurricanes or other natural disasters.
but in this video they focus on the basics:
- Non-perishable foods and MREs
- A lot of water (1 gallon per person per day)
- Hand crank radio
- Rechargeable Torchlight and batteries