Surviving a the fallout from nuclear war will be a real test of your mental patience and physical abilities, along with the right strategy building. In the previous part, we discussed preparing for nuclear fallout. Here we will discuss everything you need to know for surviving the fallout from a nuclear weapon.
How to survive nuclear fallout?
The nuclear blast itself is pretty lethal, but the nuclear fallout can be equally lethal because of the radiation. So, knowing the right way to survive is important in such situations. Here is how you can survive nuclear fallout.
Make sure to act as quickly as possible.
So, you got the news that there might be a nuclear war or attack, and now you know that you do not have a lot of time. So, it would help if you acted as quickly as possible. Whether it is about grabbing the survival kit and other supplies, securing the place, or moving with your family, you must do everything within a minute or two. You will not have more than 5-7 minutes at max.
Close any possible ventilation sources
Right before you move to the nuclear shelter, it will be a better option to close all ventilation sources. That may be a window, a door, or an air conditioner. Switch off the air conditioner and close the windows and doors with tape.
It will ensure that the air from outside pollution from the nuclear attack does not enter your home. Doing so also prevents shards and parts of things from coming into your home.
Use the Duck-and-Cover technique to your benefit.
Now you are in your shelter, and you need to stay safe. You never know how close or far the nuclear blast will be. Similarly, you never know its intensity. So, make sure that you use this technique while you are in your shelter. It will reduce the surface area that will keep you safer from the wave of the nuclear blast.
Feel the blast and wait for at least 30 minutes
There is no doubt in saying that this nuclear explosion will be loud, and you can also feel the wave. So, when you feel this wave, you should know that the timer has started. You need to stay there for at least 30 minutes after the nuclear explosion.
The wave of nuclear radiation will be in the air for 30 minutes, and it may take some time for the radioactive fallout to reach your place from the initial blast zone. Going out at that time will mean that the radiation sickness or radiation poisoning can kill you. So, you must stay there for at least 30 minutes to avoid radiation exposure. It is also best to avoid coming in contact with radioactive material that may have been exposed to open air in the blast zones.
Stay in your shelter for at least a day.
Although the fallout intensity may reduce after 30 minutes, it will be safest to stay there for at least a day without getting any updates from the officials. You never know if there will be a second nuclear detonation or not. So, staying in your nuclear fallout shelter will mean that you are safe, at least.
Relocate as soon as possible if the building does not seem safe
Sometimes the intensity of the blast of a nuclear bomb is so high that your buildings get a huge amount of damage. In that case, it will be best to relocate. However, relocating without proper planning is not a good option.
You must know how you will relocate and how it will be possible to safely reach there. Additionally, it is not only necessary to reach there. Surviving is also necessary, and you need to plan that as well.
Connect with the outer world in any way possible
You must have different means of communication from the preparation part. Now you will know which is working and which is the most efficient. So, use that resource for your good and ensure that you maintain communication with the outer world. It will be necessary to survive in the best way.
Carefully use the food and water that you have.
Nobody knows how bad the situation will get and how long you have to stay in the same way. You can surely use supplies, but it is impossible to have an infinite supply of the stuff. In most cases, you can only manage to have supplies for up to a month or two. So, you need to ensure that you use those things very carefully until or unless you can get more.
Always carry your survival kit with you.
Whether you are in your basement, relocating to another place, or present at some other place, it will be necessary to always have your survival kit with you. You may need different things for different uses. So, having this kit will ensure that you are always ready for anything you may face.
Things that you must carry in your survival kit
A survival kit will be one of the most important things in your possession. So, it would help if you made it in a way that is not difficult to carry along. When it is about making your survival kit, you can get as many important things as you need. Here are a few of the things that you must get:
The first thing that you will need is a knife. It can be helpful in harvesting or hunting your food. Similarly, it can act as a defensive tool with the functionalities of a universal tool.
A stove that produces electricity
Having such a stove will help you keep your food warm and keep your electronics charged.
A fire starter will remove all the worries about getting things wet or running out of fuel, or charges.
There could be a case that you need to cut a log in front of you. A handheld chainsaw that is compact and sharp will be very handy.
A universal toolkit will do the job of repairing or tweaking anything
Lastly, it would help if you had some first aid supplies, including alcohol swabs, bandages, and ointments.
Final Remarks:If you prepare well and plan the right strategy, you can use all your resources in the right way to survive nuclear fallout. If you do not know how to prepare for the fallout of nuclear weapons, check the previous part. In this way, you will be prepared well, so the chances of survival for you and your family will significantly increase.