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Surviving a the blast wave of a nuclear attack

How to react and survive a nuclear blast.
Could you survive a radiation blast? If you survive a nuclear
attack n the outskirts of ground zero, is it really possible to
survive the fallout that follows the radiation blast? If you've
survived the survive the flash, and blast, well then yes! Learn
how to increase your chances of survival.

Yes, you can survive even a mushroom cloud! This article is
about nuclear fallout safety, but be sure to make note of the
nuke supplies you'll need to stockpile.

This article will explore the five principles of how to survive:
  1. Keep your distance from the source of the radiation.
  2. Shield yourself from fallout materials.
  3. Decontaminate.
  4. Wait it out (with time the intensity will diminish).
  5. Detoxify ~ help your body

How to Survive a Radiation Blast
Could you survive a blast of radiation? If you are at ground zero,
then your chances are zero, hence the term. The thermal heat is
so intense as to incinerate you instantly. On the outskirts;
however, you can survive!

Your chances improve drastically with distance from the blast.
Certainly if you are on the fringe, then it is survivable, but it's
not going to be easy or pleasant.

It's oddly comforting to know that Russian has a defense
structure in place and training protocols with its citizens to
survive any nuclear contest. Why? Because they know that
surviving a radiation blast is possible! They have the nuclear
know how from experience. They've blasted themselves and
they've had a terrible nuclear accident (Chernobyl in 1989).

In short it is survivable, but radiation poisoning has many ill
effects including causing excruciating burns, unfathomable lung
injury, and cancer. Exposure to the ionizing radiation could also
increase reproductive problems. There would be a large
occurrence of children born with birth defects.

When you see a thermal pulse, here's what to do:

#1: Distance.
So if you've survived the blast and anything that came hurling at
300-600 miles per hour from ground zero, then the next thing is
to duck and cover -- and put some distance from you and the
target of impact. You may have 10-20 minutes to get out of the
mushroom cloud's expansive blast!

If roads are open, head away, but not upwind or down wind of
the ground zero. Also, get away from any potentially flammable
materials. Create a distance between you and anything
potentially explosive that could react from the thermal blast.
Yes, your car could be such a potentially explosive device, but
the more distance between you and the epicenter, the greater
the chances for your survival. You may find that you need to
ditch the vehicle.

To help distance yourself, it's important to understand the
devastation and to get some perspectdive. There are three parts
to a nuclear bomb's destruction:

  • Flash (thermal pulse) ~ the flash of ultra-violet light is a
    thermal pulse, which may cause blindness. With the flash
    comes thermal heat and at the epicenter vaporization.

  • Blast ~ with a blast wave comes an ElectroMagnetic Pulse
    (EMP). It means your electronic equipment will be useless.
    The force is so powerful buildings will collapse.

  • Fallout ~ the radioactive particles of alpha, beta and gamma
    (the most dangerous) radiation. This dust ranges from
    looking like snowflakes or dust to being invisible.

Once you see a flash of light, then there are only a few courses
of action.

#2: Shield.
If you have advance notice of impending doom, there are two
ways to shield yourself: the protective clothing you wear
(including a
gas mask) and your shelter. The best place to
survive is below the surface ~ in your basement, in your bunker,
in your tornado shelter.

  • Gas mask and protective clothing. Many preppers have gas
    masks, the only problem being that it is often too late to
    get the gear to put them on in time. Whatever clothing you
    are wearing will provide a layer between you and the
    radioactive fallout to come. Your clothing will be
    contaminated and you must dispose of it.

  • Shelter: Behind a wall during the flash. If you are able, turn
    away, drop to the ground and cover your eyes. If you have a
    bunker or stocked storm shelter, get inside and be prepared
    to stay there for 9-10 days.

#3: Decontaminate.
The first thing to realize after a radiation emergency is that you
can't completely decontaminate your body when you have a
radiation exposure, but you can help your body heal through
detoxification. You must act swiftly regarding the internal
contamination, because the faster you act the less severe the
effects will be.

It's just not possible to instantly decontaminate yourself. The
goal is therefore to help your body remove the toxins over the
days, weeks, months and years following a cataclysmic event.
Think of the home remedy for radiation detoxification takes place
in stages:

    Step one: Brush off radioactive dust outside, then move to
    a staging area.

    Step two: Remove clothing carefully allowing little dust to
    waft through the air, but keep your dust mask, gloves and
    goggles on if applicable, or hold your breath so you don't
    inhale the particles. Put the clothing, hats and boots into a
    plastic bag.

    Step three: Take a shower (not a bath). You want the
    particles to wash away. If a shower is not possible, wash
    exposed body parts for example, hands, face and neck with
    soap and water. Clean under the nails and body creases.
    Don't use conditioner as it may cause the radiation to bind
    into your hair! Think plain soap and water.

    Step four: Cut long hair to minimize radioactive dust in the
    hair. Do NOT shave as the chafing may open wounds for
    contamination.

    Step five: Begin a detoxification regimen. Follow the home
    remedies for radiation exposure in this prepping guide will
    give you hope for survival. Keep the information in this
    article in your personal survival manual.

#4: Wait it out.
It may not be so very comforting to know, but with time the
intensity will diminish from a radioactive blast site. If you have
found a shelter, it could mean that you should stay inside that
shelter for 9 days.

With the element of time the danger will dissipate. Depending on
the exposure of radioactive fallout, the area will be unusable for
agriculture or residence for a lifetime. It's important to realize
also that just because there isn't any radioactive materials
spewing that it's safe to plant crops in the area or to have
livestock grazing. Time will help, but it likely won't be in your
lifetime. The land and sea surrounding Fukushima will be
uninhabitable as it is for Chernobyl some 31 years after the
accident. We stupid humans could destroy what could take a
billion years for nature to repair.

#5: Detoxify.
Detoxification is the process of removing toxic substances from
the body and this applies to radiological toxins. Neutralizing the
ionizing radiation will help

You must
remedy the radiation.

  • IOSAT Potassium Iodide Tablets. Stockpiling of potassium
    iodide (KI), aka Nuke Pills, is highly recommended by health
    officials worldwide to prevent thyroid cancer of those
    exposed to radioactive iodine following a nuclear reactor
    accident or detonation of a nuclear weapon.

  • Insoluable Prussian Blue: The United States government is
    stockpiling something called Prussian Blue / Radiogardase.
    Radiogardase (Prussian blue insoluable capsules) are the
    only medical countermeasure approved by the U.S. Food and
    Drug Administration to treat Cesium-137. It's not readily
    available in the open market and it's not clear how quickly
    the U.S. government could respond to a terrorist attack or
    accident. This medicine will remove certain radioactive
    materials from the body after a radiation exposure. It acts
    to speed the removeal fo cesium and thallium, but it does
    not prevent all problems. It's not something you can
    stockpile as a prepper. Physicians must order a prescription.
    This also causes a delay in getting the help you may need.

Know this: you can not neutralize radiation; however you can
shield yourself from radioactive materials to reduce intensity.
Also, you can move away from the nuclear material to reduce the
intensity of effects from fallout. In the process of
decontaminating yourself, you also can wait it out and detoxify,
provided you've not been exposed to gamma rays. With exposure
to gamma rays comes imminent death (around six to seven
weeks).

NBC Gas masks
NBC gas masks cover Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical
exposures. These are the top three threats that a soldier would
face, which is why military personnel has access to them in
targeted zones,

Reasons to own a gas mask, include:
  1. Nuclear: protection from particles of radioactive fallout from
    accident or attack.
  2. Biological: Anthrax (bacterial agent); Ebola, Avian flu and
    other pandemics; also volcanic ash.
  3. Chemical: mustard gas, sarin gas,  tear gas, blister gas,
    blood gas, choking gas (nerve agent), etc.

The list of countries who have ballastic missiles and warheads is
growing:
  1. China*
  2. France
  3. India
  4. Israel
  5. North Korea
  6. Pakistan
  7. Russia*
  8. United Kingdom
  9. United States*

* Countries that have weapons capable of reaching targets
anywhere in the world.

In short you can survive; however, people wounded from the
explosion likely would suffer burns, glass cuts and other fire-
realated injuries in addition to radiation.

Happy endings...
A happy ending is possible! You can survive a nuclear incident.
With North Korea taunting the United States with its nuclear
prowess, it's not a bad idea to stock up on anti-radiation pills
and to learn more about
what to do in a radiation emergency.
Fear mongering set aside, preppers always hope for the best, but
we prepare for the worst.

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