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It is an unfortunate fact that the world can be a scary place, and world leaders can be unpredictable. Nuclear war could happen at any time, and while it might sound impossible, there are some things that you can do to help protect yourself.

While nuclear bombs are extremely deadly weapons, there worst effects are confined to a limited zone. Government safety experts say it is entirely possible to survive a nuclear explosion. Your best chance at survival is if you are given a few minutes warning.

Get Inside

Get inside the nearest building to avoid radiation. Brick and concrete are best.

Go to the basement or the middle of the building. Stay away from outer walls and room. Try and maintain a distance of 6 feet away from people who are not a part of your immediate household.

If you are not able to inside in a timely manner, remove all contaminated clothing and wipe off or wash your unprotected skin. Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will not protect you from nuclear fallout. Avoid using them and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth if possible.

Stay Inside

Stay inside for 24 hours unless local authorities provide other instructions.

If you Have Been exposed to fallout:

Take off your outer layer of clothes, put them into a plastic bag, and remove the bag from your shelter.

Shower if you can, thoroughly washing your hair and skin with soap or shampoo (no conditioner), or use a wet cloth.

Blow your nose to remove any inhaled fallout.

Flush your eyes, nose, and facial hair (including eyebrows and eyelashes) with water, or wipe them with a wet cloth.

Put on uncontaminated clothes (for example, from a drawer or plastic bag).

Other Information

It is also important to have basic emergency supplies on hand in case of any emergency and at least 3-4 days of food and water.

To prevent exposure to fallout after a blast, tape plastic over entryways or broken windows at your shelter and turn off any cooling or heating systems that could draw in outside air.

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