Duck and cover. How many remember that? While many might think it futile, it’s better than doing nothing.
First, a nuclear war probably won’t happen in a vacuum. Keep an eye on the news. Currently the situation between Israel and Iran, or North and South Korea, are the most likely flashpoint for a nuclear exchange. It is more likely there could be a small yield nuclear explosion by terrorists and it will probably be a ‘dirty’ bomb. That means the fallout is more dangerous than the actual explosion, as the fallout will be very radioactive. Port cities are high probability targets for a terrorist nuclear attack via being secreted inside a cargo container.
We have DEFCON levels, which are defense readiness conditions for the Armed Forces.
DEFCON 5: lowest state of readiness. Supposed to be the norm.
DEFCON 4: Increased intelligence watch and strengthened security measures. Above normal readiness, but no running around screaming in the streets yet.
DEFCON 3: Increase in force readiness. This is when alerts go out to military forces to up their alert status. The Air Force is on 15 minutes notice to mobilize. Still no running around screaming but take some deep breaths.
DEFCON 2: The next step will be nuclear war. All military units are ready to engage in six hours. Start screaming.
DEFCON 1: Nuclear war is imminent. The code name for this is Cocked Pistol, which gives you an idea.
We’ve never gone to DEFCON 1. Publicly, we’ve gone to DEFCON 2 once, during the Cuban Missile Crisis. On 9–11, we went to DEFCON 3.
One sign that a nuke has gone off somewhere is the EMP effect. If all electronic devices suddenly fail, assume a nuclear bomb has been detonated high in the atmosphere and expect more to be coming.
If warned of an incoming nuke, seek shelter. You don’t have much time. Minutes at best, maybe just seconds.
If a nuke goes off, seek shelter immediately.
The first sign of an explosion will be a flash, which travels at the speed of light. Behind the flash comes the shock wave, so you will have some moments to react. Do not look in the direction of the blast. If outdoors, seek a depressed area, exposing as little of your skin as possible. If indoors, get away from windows and fight the temptation to see what the bright light was about — the imploding window will likely kill you with lacerations. If you survive the initial blast, you have to take the correct steps to stay alive.
Most people who survive initially, will want to flee. However, this is the exact wrong thing to do. You are exposing yourself to fallout by fleeing. The blast has thrown a large amount of irradiated debris into the air. This fallout will be coming down. You don’t want it to come down on you. Your goal is to place the most protection between you and the fallout and radiation. Ideally be underground.
Fallout tapers off relatively quickly. After an hour it’s down about 50%. After a day it can be down to only 20%. So these first hours are critical.
After that, the issue is whether this has been a large-scale attack or a local event. If a local event, wait for responders. If a large-scale event, time to bug out.
This is just an over-view. Another key is being prepared, which is very much the same as preparation for any man-made or natural disaster.
48% of American households have no emergency supplies.
53% of households do not have a three day supply of water.
52% of families do not have an emergency rally point. I could go on, but you know whether you are prepared or not.
I have links on this PAGE for a variety of preparation and survival slideshows that can be downloaded for free (click on the cover at top all the way to left and the links will pop up). Also preparation checklists and even a slideshow and the three survival items you absolutely need and can get for under $50 total (not from me!).
Between the recent hurricanes, floods, wildfires, landslides and nuclear warnings, this is a subject we all have to take seriously. At the very least, look at the slideshow on FREE Apps everyone should download.
Cool Gus says BE SAFE!
Originally published at bobmayer.com on January 13, 2018.