In recent weeks, our chances of nuclear war seem to have increased exponentially due to President Trump’s overeager nature concerning war. Due to this, many American’s now fear what appears to be both an imminent and looming threat of nuclear war.
And while the various leaders throughout the world appear to be gearing that way, the chances of your hometown being hit by a nuclear missile aren’t necessarily high. However, it still may have you wondering what to do in the case of such an event? Of course, it never hurts to understand how to handle a situation when the proverbial shit hits the fan, and because of that, we have put together a guide that may help you.
In a 2010 United States Government paper entitled “Planning Guidance for Response to a Nuclear Detonation,” in the case of a nuclear detonation those that were closest to the fireball would, unfortunately, be incinerated. And while many invest in bunkers or plan to find solace in a car park, their chances of survival are still quite low. In the case that you did survive due to a bunker, it would have to be quite deep and also provide powerful blast protection.
However, studies indicate that up to 100,000 people could survive if they avoided high amounts of radiation. In order to avoid such fallout though, you would have to find a safe and secure place to hide away from the fallout until you could be rescued. You would need to avoid “poor shelters” that would include houses made up of lightweight materials, and without basements. Industrial buildings or homes composed of brick or concrete would be best. Also, any place without windows, that are quite enclosed.
One graph that was taken from a government guide for nuclear survival explains what exactly makes up a good survival space in the case of a nuclear event.
Based on this image we can understand that the basement beneath a high story building would prove to be the best space on this particular infographic to hide, with the least effective space being a 1-story home with a basement.
And then the big question is posed which asks, should I stay and seek shelter, or should I completely evacuate? So how exactly does one answer that question? Well, if you are close to a sturdy shelter, let’s say five minutes, then you are ok to evacuate to the shelter and the wait for help. However, if you are in a flimsier space, but shelter is about 15 minutes away, then you should stay and wait for help. If you have been there for an hour, though, it may be time to seek a better shelter.
Why? Unfortunately, in the case of a nuclear detonation, you are attempting to avoid being exposed to radiation or being exposed to as little as possible.
The most important advice in the case of an emergency, such as a nuke is to have a plan. Have a strategy planned precisely and go over it with your loved ones. Think about various scenarios and situations in which such an event could happen and plan accordingly. Research places and spaces that you could seek shelter, and pack a bag. While the chances of a nuclear attack aren’t necessarily high, it is always important to be prepared.