How to Prepare for Nuclear Fallout

How to Prepare for Nuclear Fallout

Putin has escalated tensions further by putting his nuclear forces on high alert, citing aggressive statements from NATO. US officials warn that a frustrated Putin could take more drastic tactics to reach his end goal. If Putin activates any of his 6,000 nuclear weapons, we will see the most detrimental consequences in our history. The best defense is to prepare for the worst. This is why it is important to know what to do to protect you and your family from nuclear fallout.

Even though nuclear explosions are devastating, there are steps you can take to survive after the initial blast has taken place. It is important to protect yourself against the extreme heat and radiation that will follow. Nuclear fallout is most dangerous in the first few hours after detonation; this is when radiation levels are highest. However, it can take up to 15 minutes for the fallout to return to ground level. This means that if you are outside of the immediate blast damage zones, you have a chance to survive. 

The first step is to get inside and stay inside for at least 24 hours, or before local authorities give further instructions. Look for brick or concrete buildings because they will be your best protection against radiation levels. The best case scenario would be if you attempted to get into a basement room. You want to stay away from windows, outer walls, and roofs. If you were outside after the fallout arrived, you should quickly remove all contaminated clothing and clean unprotected skin. It is important to note that hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes do not protect you from nuclear fallout. Avoid touching your face by wearing a mask, and, if possible, stay six feet away from people outside your immediate household. 

Create a preparedness plan with your family today because there is sometimes little to no warning of a nuclear blast. Be sure to identify shelter locations near your home and places of work if you do not live in a building with proper protection. Communication is always essential in an emergency. Handheld radios will work after a detonation, but texting and calling will probably be unavailable. We recommend having a radio on deck for emergency prep, like Midland's two-person walkie-talkie kits. 

Make sure you have all the necessary resources beforehand! You will not be able to go out to the grocery stores to get food, so make sure you are stocked with long-term emergency food. FEMA recommends having at least three days' worth of food for each person, but we recommend having at least a month supply, if not more, during these uncertain times. ReadyWise, the leader in Emergency Food Supplies, has created simple and cost-effective solutions, like our 6 month supply. This 6 month supply of food includes six 120 serving entree buckets and six 120 serving breakfast buckets. This bundle comes with over 1,800 calories per day for 6 months, and about 90 gallons of water are required. ReadyWise is disaster-proof, unlike other emergency food suppliers, because you do not need hot water to reconstitute the food.  

Prepare today for peace of mind tomorrow. Make sure you take the necessary steps to mitigate any risks and give you and your family the best chance for survival!

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