If you believe the Hollywood hype, you are probably like many people (prepper or not) who don’t even bother to prepare for nuclear attack and hope that you go quick if it happens. Yet, with some basic knowledge and pre-planning, you can survive.
We are taking a look at what is required to do this. In parts 1 and 2, we took a look at radiation basics and principles of protection as well as Geiger counter/meters, home construction, shelters, and shelter living. Let’s continue to discuss what can be done to prepare for survival.
Your shelter area should also have an area where you can decontaminate, if possible. This area should be covered with plastic or traps, so that any contamination can be taken outside.
This decontamination (decon) area should be away from the entrance of your shelter area. Also, just like your shelter area, you should know your decon area’s background radiation level and document this.
Have pre-printed contamination survey forms, so that you can record where the contaminate is, what its readings were, et cetera. You can probably find these forms online.
Please note that surveying someone for radiological contamination is a very slow and tedious process. The person conducting the survey should be in a Tyvek suit with hood, use a gas mask or at the very least an N95 mask, gloves, and boots. If/when you find a location of contamination, mark it on the form and keep going. Once the initial survey is done, now you can start the decontamination process.
The start of any decontaminate process should be the removal of the outside layer of clothing. This should remove 90% of the contamination of the person. If the person is wearing a mask, they should keep it on during the doffing of their outside layer of clothing. Taking clothes off over one’s head should also be avoided, since the contaminated particles may fall into the person’s hair or elsewhere and move back onto their body. Have a pair of EMT shears at your decon site to cut away the other layer of clothing.
You can also buy or make your own “tack mats”. Tack mats are used to remove contaminates from the bottom of footwear. They are commercially available and relatively inexpensive, but you can make your own with the help of duct tape folded back onto itself with the adhesives side out. This won’t work as well as a purchased tack mat, but it will work. Put the tape onto your tarp or plastic and have the person step onto it.
Further Decon Steps
Here are a few ways to further decon. One, you can use water. In my opinion using clean water to decon after a nuclear explosion is a waste of a vital limited resource. Instead, I use lint rollers that can be rolled over the area of contamination. If you don’t have lint rollers, you can use a piece of duct tape that is folded over so that the adhesive part is on the outside and blot that over the area of contamination. In the “old days” a hand broom or whisk was used to brush off the area where the contamination was. I don’t recommend that since you are just moving the contamination to the ground, which still has to be dealt with. However, if all you have is a broom, use it. Remember that removing our outer clothing will achieve 90% decon.
Head and Hands
The area that will not be decontaminated are the head and hands. Hair is the archenemy of decon. You should have the means to cut hair (without power) to help facilitate the decon process if needed.
Re-Survey For Contamination
Once the areas that showed contamination are decontaminated, have the person move forward and re-survey them for contamination. Remember if their clothes and/or hair are on the tarp/plastic, you want to be away from those to do the second reading. Repeat the process until the contamination is removed. If you can not remove it after two or three attempts, you may want to try water or consider it as possible internal. Do not exclude the person from your shelter, if you are convinced that the person has internal contamination.
After Decon is Complete
After the decon is complete, take the used tack mats and lint roller material or duct tape and place these in a plastic garbage bag in a place away from the shelter area. Placing them in a metal garbage can is also a good idea, if one is available. When it is safe to leave your shelter, which should be no longer than two weeks and maybe sooner depending upon where you live, take the contaminated waste out of your basement and bury it in a marked location.
When You Leave Your Shelter
When you leave your shelter, make sure everyone still has a dosimeter that reads m/R. Your immediate area should be surveyed for “hot spots” or locations that have heavier levels of radiation. These locations should be marked with barrier tape so everyone avoids those areas. As you go beyond your immediate area, ensure you treat the ***odds???***odds areas as possibly contaminated. Make sure you wear at least an N95 mask, since after two weeks the main threat will be alpha and beta particles that can be kicked up like dust.
Packaged food will be safe to eat as long as you decon the package or open it inside to avoid contaminating the food. Again, there are older Civil Defense films available on YouTube that explain this and demonstrate it in greater detail.
I’ll stress again that your preparations before the nuclear explosion are what will determine your survival. A shelter full of number ten cans is finite.
Protect Livestock and Feed
You must be prepared, like Noah, to live life post-flood. Protecting livestock and livestock feed is essential. Chickens are extremely radiation resistant compared to humans. Keeping chickens away from internal sources of radiation will allow them to continue to procreate and be a source of safe food.
Protect Garden Soil
Can you protect your garden soil by placing plastic or tarps over it? Can you at least do it over raised beds? You won’t be able to keep 100% of the fallout out of the food system, but the more you can, the better.
Grow Inside Greenhouse
Can you grow inside a greenhouse? This would reduce the fallout from rain into your plants.
Materials To Make Repairs To Buildings
You will also want to make sure you have materials to make repairs to your buildings. Windows that are blown out will allow fallout to enter your home. Have plastic or plywood ready to put up if time allows to reduce contamination in your home.
Nuclear War, Telegraphed
Many believe that nuclear war will come without warning. That is like saying war, in general, could happen without warning. I believe that history will show that war is always telegraphed. There is always something that precipitates war. With a nuclear war one could probably safely assume that some type of conventional armed conflict between nuclear armed nations or their key allies would occur before nukes start flying. That is not to say there couldn’t be a nuclear Pearl Harbor, where an adversary launches a preemptive nuclear strike against the U.S. However, again, there would be something that would precipitate that action.
In the past, trade wars have been the fuses for shooting wars. If you are an avid reader of current events, you can see that as sanctions and tariffs are put in place the more saber rattling there is.
Soviet Doctrine To Use An EMP Attack To Blind Before Nuclear Weapons
Recently Putin stated that the threat of nuclear war was higher than it was during the Cold War. Some people might called that a clue! It was Soviet Doctrine in the Cold War to use an EMP attack to “Blind” our military and the launch their nuclear weapons while our command and control systems were down or degraded. There is much talk about EMP attacks on the U.S., but I see very little if any discussion that an EMP attack could very well be the opening salvo of something much bigger. If you believe an EMP attack has occurred, I would immediately assume that a possible nuclear attack will follow.
Don’t Let Hollywood Brainwash You Into Setting Yourself Up To Die Needlessly
Like everything preppers do, the planning, preparedness, and skills will be what allows us to survive hard times. Don’t let Hollywood movies brainwash you into believing that you cannot survive a nuclear war. Most people will survive the initial blast. It is being prepared to survive the next two weeks of very high radiation levels that will be challenging to most. If you happen to believe the Hollywood myths and don’t prepare to survive the radiation, you are only setting yourself up to die needlessly of some type of cancer or radiation poisoning.
- Nuclear War Won’t Be Like Hollywood Portrays It- Part 1, by 3ADscout
- Nuclear War Won’t Be Like Hollywood Portrays It- Part 2, by 3ADscout
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