5 Steps to Surviving a Nuclear/Radiological Disaster
What to do in the event of a Radiological Disaster?
We have narrowed it down to 5 simple steps anyone can take to better prepare and protect themselves in the event of a Nuclear Meltdown.
All to recently, we see articles on the news and in the paper about Radiation Leaks at the local Nuclear Powerplant, or catastrophic failures on the other side of the globe such as with Fukashima. But what does that mean for you and your family?
This guide is designed to help assist you and your family adequately prepare for a Nuclear Contamination event and offer advice on steps you can take to protect yourselves!
Step 1) Change Your Clothes – Believe it or not, Radiation is made up from physical particles that when leaked into the air/atmosphere drop down from the sky and are absorbed primarily through the skin. This is why it is so important to change your clothes and if possible, have a decontamination shower to prevent cross-contamination of your clean clothes. Do this before going inside & spreading the contamination.
Step 2) Get indoors & Seal Yourself Off – Get indoors as soon as possible. This will help prevent a great deal of the exposure in the first 72 hours as radiation levels begin to drop. Use duct-tape & plastic painter’s tarps for all windows, doors and anywhere outside air can get in. A basement makes an ideal bunker to weather the radiation storm. *Make sure not to turn on your air conditioner/heater, these draw air from the outside and could contaminate your air supply*
Step 3) Take stock of your inventory – How much food, water & first aid supplies to you have? How long can you wait to reenter the outside world? The longer you are able to shelter in your home, the more the radiation levels will have dropped and lower your exposure.
WATER IS THE NUMBER 1 ITEM YOU WILL NEED IN AN EMERGENCY
We cannot stress this enough, if you do not have clean drinking water in the event of an emergency, you cannot survive. Make sure that you plan appropriately to ensure that you and your family have adequate access to fresh drinking water.
Don’t Use bottled water – Bottled water goes bad, it leaches plastic and can even have bacteria & mold grow on the inside if stored improperly.
The best solution: To get a Water Filter to turn questionable water into clean, drinkable water. Check out the only portable water available that has been certified to remove ALL TYPES OF RADIOLOGICAL CONTAMINANTS. Not all filters are made the same, some only claim to “reduce” things like chlorine. Other competitor’s products might be inexpensive but will not do you any good in the event of a real emergency. Do your homework to find the best water filter for you and your family’s needs.
Step 4) Turn On The Radio – Public service announcements can be incredibly important during these times as they may relay essential information that can be crucial to you and your family surviving the unimaginable. Be sure to have a hand-crank radio so you don’t have to worry about running out of batteries.
Step 5) Potassium Iodide Pills (KI) – Taking these pills ONLY protect your thyroid gland and will not protect your other vital organs from the effects of Radiation poisoning. Some people have severe allergic reactions to Iodine and should not use these whatsoever. For more information on this be sure to check out the CDC’s page which has tons of great info on the topic: http://emergency.cdc.gov/radiation/ki.asp
These are just some of the important elements we recommend taking into consideration while preparing for a Radiological disaster. Following these steps is not a guaranteed solution, but are certainly active steps you can take to give you the best chances of survival in this event.
A Geiger counter (see Geiger Counter Wiki) is also a good resource to have on hand to judge the levels of radiation in the surrounding environment.
Links to other sites:
CDCinfo – Emergency Info for Radiation Leaks