In a world where almost nothing shocks us anymore, with us all growing extremely numb to some of the most violent situations, one of the most feared and, presumably, unexpected events would be a nuclear blast.
Whether by design from a country due to war, or an unfortunate accident that would leave hundreds of thousands or millions killed, if a nuclear explosion ever would occur, is there a chance that you could live? Short answer: yes.
At least, that's what the website Ready.gov insists, as they listed ways to prepare for even the potential of a nuclear explosion and, God-forbid one ever happen, how to come out alive at the end of one.
Hazards Of Nuclear War
Due to radioactive material that would come from such an explosion and the intention of wiping out an intended target, Ready lists these places as the general places that a nuclear explosion might try to be executed at:
- Strategic missile sites and military bases.
- Centers of government such as Washington, DC, and state capitals.
- Important transportation and communication centers.
- Manufacturing, industrial, technology, and financial centers.
- Petroleum refineries, electrical power plants, and chemical plants.
- Major ports and airfields.
How To Protect Yourself
Whether before or after a nuclear explosion, the first thing to do is take shelter in a secure place. After doing that, these are the three factors Ready mentions as potential life-savers:
What To Do Before A Nuclear Blast
Build an Emergency Kit that has non-perishable food, water, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra flashlights and batteries. This is as close to the apocalypse from a movie, so, all those times when you wonder if you'd really need that, well, yeah, in this instance, you do.
In addition to the Emergency Kit, it's important to have an evacuation plan and understand your city's evacuation route. This would be an incident none of us have experienced before, so educating yourself, staying calm and being prepared is the most important thing if an unfortunate event like this would ever happen.
What To Do After A Nuclear Blast
Depending on how big of a blast and the distance of which you were from it, Ready says that people in/around the areas with the highest radiation levels could see themselves in a shelter for up to a month.
Ready also had this to say:
- The heaviest fallout would be limited to the area at or downwind from the explosion and 80 percent of the fallout would occur during the first 24 hours. People in most of the areas that would be affected could be allowed to come out of shelter within a few days and, if necessary, evacuate to unaffected areas.
As for returning home, it's important for those in and around the affected areas to continue listening to the news for updates and places to avoid. If things such as "radiation hazard" signs are nearby, get as far away from them as possible.
Lastly, radiation can't be seen, smelled or detected by human senses, so you'll want to basically lock yourself up somewhere that's as far away from the explosion area as possible.