Mom asked if there were any additional or special preps she needs to get done in the next couple of weeks with this Syria/N. Korea/Russia/China fiasco happening right now. I thought it might be a good time for everyone to make sure they are ready or pick up any last minute items they might need or want to have on hand.
First off nukes create a lot of fear factor when they are not quite as scary as Hollywood have us believe. For example: Pics of Detroit and Hiroshima as you can see the nuke did not make a 1000 year waste land.
Below is a link that you can use for a simulated nuke at any address. Using this simulator will give you an idea of the effects of a nuke exploding on a target. Most Nuke targets will be High population areas for example NYC/LA, Ports or major interstate junctions, military bases or Missile silos with nukes.
Now if you are at ground zero or within 10-15 miles of a nuke with no protection you will have a very bad day but outside of those targeted areas, surviving a nuke is very doable and you probably have most of what you need already on hand!
After the initial blast of fire and over pressure wind storm the next bomb danger to humans is radiation. There are 3 types of radiation Alpha, Beta and Gamma radiation particles. Alpha and Beta particles while dangerous to ingest and breathe can be blocked by some thing as thin as a piece of paper. Now the Gamma radiation is the what you need lead or a lot of dirt/sand barrier for protection. As long as your home is not compromised it will provide adequate protection from both Alpha and Beta radiation. For Gamma radiation you will want to have a basement or a bunker for earth to protect you. But if you don’t have a “bunker” move to the interior of your home and make a mini-bunker. Close off all vents and use plastic sheeting to cover windows. Of course it is not perfect but it should give you adequate protection for the first 2 weeks when you need it the most!
The first 2-3 weeks after a blast has the highest radiation sickness danger. So you will need to have plenty of safe water for drinking and cleaning plus sealed food in cans. Pets can’t go poo outside and every one will need to stay inside for 14 days at a minimum. Whatever you have stored in your home is what you will have to use to survive.
The additional affects after the nuke drops will probably be more dangerous and longer lasting than the bomb explosion itself.
EMP or Electro-magnetic Pulse might take out the electric grid and most electronics like smart phones, laptops, TVs and tablets. Many new vehicles are full of electronics and may not start without replacement parts. Generators and pumps may stop working. Literally everything from hospitals, grocery stores, railroad yards, ocean ports, nuke reactors and power plants sewer treatment plant will stop working.
Disclaimer: I built PCs back in the early 90’s and you never touched a PC part with out an ESD (Electric Static Discharge) strap. Now I change out PC parts without an ESD though I make sure I don’t have a static charge and the PC is completely powered down. No one really knows how today’s technology will handle a Massive EMP blast. If you have a bit of warning, UNPLUG all electronics before any incoming Solar storm or nuke blast. If you have a Faraday cage get your electronic inside before the blast.
So now that you are not panicked and ready to prepare for a possible nuke strike you will need Two-three weeks:
- Food, water, and sanitation supplies. That means dealing trash and poo. Construction grade garbage bags are great for handling heavy use.
- Shelter in staying safe from radioactive dust. Plastic sheeting for sealing windows, doors and vents. Duct tape and heavy duty staplers are handy tools for this job.
- Energy for cooking, and staying warm or cool. Remember the Electricity is off and you can’t open a window to cool down so you will probably need more water to keep hydrated. Butane cookers are safe to use indoors and the fuel is easy to stock up. 4-6 cans of butane fuel should last a couple of weeks if you are frugal.
- An out door decon station. I know I said stay indoors for 2 weeks but that may not be possible. So if you have a covered porch or patio make a small decon station with tubs for cleaning off any dust. Have some throw away clothing or Tyvex suits that you strip off before entering your living area. Strip, sponge off and put on a robe after getting clean of any dust. If you must go out before the 2 weeks are up.
- Entertainment such as books or non electronic games as there probably won’t be an internet. Busy work such as knitting,drawing, weaving, painting or whatever can keep a person occupied mentally.
- Snacks such as those little fun size candy bars or crackers, chips, popcorn even soda can be a treat. One thing I noticed on Army Field exercises (FTX) people tend to crave a sugar or fat. So have snacks of good fat like nuts of even a little chocolate can really keep up morale.
- Medical supplies should be very basic 1st aid types but if you have a person with a chronic condition you should try and gather extra supplies. Insulin or someone cut off from anti- depressants could be bad. I don’t care for what I consider the over prescription of SSRIs but it is something people will have to deal with in this situation. Heck I’m still trying to quit smoking and if I get cut off my nicotine fix I’m sure I’ll get mildly unpleasant. Overall if you have about a 2 week supply on hand I would try and get another 30 day supply on hand this month.
Most of this prepping for a basic disaster though the scope of interrupted power and supply lines makes a bit more long term in planning. If you have been prepping for awhile this is no big deal except for a few tweaks. If you live in Manhattan or mid town LA you are probably screwed. But most preppers don’t live in NYC or LA.
Long term I have no idea how things would work out if the USA and Russia had a nuke exchange. I know people will find away to survive and there will be a lot of empty places to be filled in. While I don’t like the thought of using someone else’s property I know I would bury my trash and sewage on an abandon home on my block before I buried trash on my property. I’m sure I’ll have to deal with some one dumping on my property as well. It’s not right and it’s not fair but it is reality.