Prepare Yourself For A Nuclear Attack
It’s frightening to even think about it but what happens if someone out there with little sense but big fingers, decides to press the Nuclear button and half of us are blown sky high. How many of us would survive?, how many of us could survive?, and how many of us would actually want to survive if we were confronted with a large world wide scale nuclear attack?. Fingers crossed we never ever have to confront any of the awful dilemmas we might face but what if it were to happen how could we go about ensuring we have the best chance to survive the onslaught of a potential nuclear attack.
So what exactly would happen in the event of a nuclear attack? Well the potential ways in which you could be attacked by a nuclear bomb are many and various so we’ll take one specific area and work around that as an example. For instance it depends if the warhead is launched on the ground or in the air? How far from the attack you are? How big the bomb is even down to areas such as which way the wind is blowing!
So the first worry is a fireball and we are talking hot hot hot. To cook your pizza would take 0.000001 of a second and you as a human being would melt within a second or two! A 10 kiloton bomb would produce a fireball with a radius of 500 to 650 feet and that’s the type of kilotons we saw over Hiroshima in the second world war in 1945. At the current time North Korea have been observed testing bombs up to 250 kilotons so forget the pizza guys. When I say it is going to be hot i’m not kidding, the heat threat of the fireball can be tens of millions of degrees!!! So if you get caught in that then you are brown bread, dead and have ceased to exist with immediate effect, so you can put all thoughts of survival to the dustbin.
Next up comes the initial shock wave which lessens after the first ring, but will still demolish most residential buildings and cause widespread casualties. Actually anyone within a half a mile radius is going to perish like last weeks bananas except the bananas would still have some skin left. Any distance within a radius of a mile to a mile and a half is going to see tremendous casualties too.
To continue on this jovial little experience and you’ve got through both the fireball and shockwave then next up is fanfare…. Radiation. This will kill most people in the vicinity, about 85 to 90 per cent for those that don’t receive any medical treatment but then again any hospitals or medical centres are going to be devastated and will have collapsed anyway in the surrounding area. However it is not all doom and gloom because the further you can get away from the epicenter the more chance you have of survival although you will undoubtedly get third-degree burns, which you probably won’t feel, because the thermal radiation also kills your pain receptors. So something to look forward too then.
If you’ve managed to get through these first three elements of a nuclear attack then there is still the possibility of what is known as fallout. If the nuclear attack comes from the ground, dirt, rubbish and all manner of debris are irradiated and blasted into the air by the explosion, culminating in the classic mushroom cloud. Winds can carry the radiation, called nuclear fallout, (it’s falling out of the sky after all) from that cloud maybe hundreds of miles away, depending on the size of the bomb and the strength of the wind. As the radiation falls back to earth, it sickens more people.
Sadly this what happened to Japan toward the end of the second world war. Nagasaki and Hiroshima were the two Japanese cities that felt the brunt of nuclear bombs in 1945 although the Nagasaki bomb was actually intended for Kokura instead. Fat Man was the codename for the bomb that was intended for Kokura while Little Boy was the codename for the Hiroshima bomb so brilliantly immortalised in the OMD hit single ‘Enola Gay’ in 1980. ‘Enola Gay’, if you were wondering, was the name of the B29 Bomber that dropped the bomb which in turn was named after the pilots mother! The atomic bombs over Japan were seen as enormous and there were over 200,000 casualties but they pale in comparison to a hydrogen bomb, 100 times more powerful than Hiroshima, which was detonated in space as far back as 1962. No wonder I can never get a good reception with my television! Interestingly visitors to Las Vegas in the 50s loved to take in atomic bomb tests – they were a major tourist attraction. While we are on the subject of large nuclear weapons then currently Russia leads the league in atomic weaponry with over 8,400 nuclear weapons. There is also the great irony of there being a museum on the site of the first atomic bomb testing site in New Mexico. Due to radiation it’s only open 12 hours per year!
So what can you do in a terrible situation of a nuclear attack? Well, make sure you highlight a place where you can go as far below ground as possible or in the centre of a tall building. The idea is to put as many walls and as much concrete, brick and soil between you and the radioactive material outside as is possible. Then you need to survive and below we will highlight various areas that might be worth investigating to ensure you have the greatest chance of hanging in there!
In our ongoing prepping series, make sure you are ready just in case there is an impending nuclear attack. Make sure you are as well prepared as you can possibly be so that you will be the one to survive and as we always stipulate use your common sense and keep a hold of our checklist. Here are some essential tool and ideas in case of an attack.
Checklist -With various options.
There are a whole host of options for prepping for a nuclear attack but I guess one of the most high profile would be to actually have your own nuclear shelter built underneath your home!
One of the companies that provide numerous options are Atlas in the USA who make survival shelters in a variety of sizes starting from just 8 feet by 8 feet but can go as long as 20 feet by 8 feet. The nuclear shelter can in fact double up as a wine cellar or gun room and costs start from US 25,000 Dollars. The WineNado series certainly looks tempting and provides safety and security and hopefully a few decent wines to while away the ominous fallout days or weeks that you need to stay underground.
They say in the blurb that the Atlas Nado Series are not just bomb shelters anymore! It installs underneath the kitchen island pre- concrete slab. You will need to plan this bunker into your project but allegedly is one of the coolest shelters on the market. The fact that the shelter is hidden underneath the kitchen counter will bring jaw-dropping wows from your friends when you show them the hidden entrance to your new favorite room. The shelter can be ordered with or without an NBC Air Filtration System depending on whether you want it to be a wine cellar only or a wine cellar with NBC capabilities as well as protection from tornadoes or hurricanes. WineNado does not come with a hatch at the ground level but if you decide to install it in the backyard, you can add a hatch at an additional cost. WineNado is made of 1/4” steel plate and structurally supported with 6” C channels. WineNado is buried exactly 36” below the finished concrete slab. In high water tables, you will need to backfill with concrete to to create ballast so there is no threat of the shelter having lift.
An alternative company also worth a perusal is Rising S Company who have a wicked tagline as follows ‘We Don’t Sell Fear. We Sell Preparedness’ that gets my vote for tagline of the day. They do an economy shelter that begins at US 39,500 Dollars and then a standard range of bomb shelters priced between US 58,500 Dollars to US 95,500 Dollars. Then three more top notch levels of shelter and all at different prices. The Silver Leaf Series starts at US 122,500 Dollars and stops at US 159,000 Dollars. Finally the last two series are the Admiral and Xtreme Series and these are for those that really want to splash the cash to ensure ultimate survival. Pricing commences at a 20 feet by twenty feet shelter at US 156,000 through to the elite and in my view phenomenal Luxury series that shoots up to US 8,350,000. What do you get for that!? Well everything from a Gym/Health & Fitness Center, Hot Sauna, Swimming Pool and Hot Tub, a Games Room with Billiard Tables and other games, Bowling Alley, Media Room with Theater Seats and loads more besides.
Emergency Water Container
You will need good storage containers for food and water in an emergency and one that caught my eye is a military water container.
The Scepter 05177 Military Water Container 20 Litre AM Green seems to be the pick of the bunch from about 20 I trawled through. It appears easy to transport, is lighter, better, safer, is manufactured from food grade material and has excellent impact resistance. It mentions that International products have separate terms, are sold from abroad and may differ from local products, including fit, age ratings and language of the product, labelling or instructions which is understandable so check your country. It costs €92.35 and can be found on Amazon.de.
Also on the same website you can pick up the TOHOLOWW Emergency Water Container Household Plastic Water Bucket Garden Agriculture Irrigation Water Tank with Tap Self Propelled Tour Hiking Camping Pure Water Barrel (Size: 150L). The household water reservoir is suitable for outdoor drinking water, camping, hiking, picnic, barbecue, family, factory, construction land, industry, self-propelled cars, camping trips, is a good helper for your outdoor life, can meet the needs of storage of water or other liquids. It appears an alternative solution to the Scepter Military Container although the Sceptor appears more transportable.
The TOHOLOWW (whatever that means) is made from food grade HDPE material, is non-toxic, tasteless, the bucket can be recycled, has super toughness and shock resistance and is not easy to deform, mainly for drinking water outdoors or in the family shelter.
It has a very large design, is easy to grip, easy to clean, prevents bacteria, strong and easy to rotate, with PVC soft ring to ensure the seal does not leak. It has a humanised faucet design which means nothing to me but has a rotating faucet, free outlet adjustment, is easy to use with silicone seals inside and outside of the tap that can prevent water leakage. The company say that if for any reason you think this water bucket is not for you, please send them a simple email and they will provide you with a replacement or refund service immediately which is cool.
Emergency Food Set
We’ve already mentioned above the need for water but also food is an integral part of surviving and in the event of a nuclear attack we found the following emergency food sets.
We looked in many places to bring you the ultimate emergency food sets and yet again Amazon was as good as any to bring you the very best. Starting with the aptly named Emergency Food Set, from Lebenskraft. 24 x 500 g BP ER Long-Lasting Food and 30 x 500 ml Special Drinking Water Preserved Seven Oceans (Charge 2021 and Certificate from Dealer Lebenskraft ) The cost of this food set is €209.04.
Used by leading organisations says the manufacturer. The BP Series of the Norwegian Company Compact Rieber has been specially manufactured for governments, organisations, military, specialty forces, armed forces, etc. as emergency food and immediate food use. You now have the opportunity to purchase this extremely high-quality and long-term food. All ingredients and also the production take place exclusively in Europe.
So what’s in the box? The package includes a large pack of BP ER Elite Emergency Food 24 x 500 g and a large pack of Seven Oceans drinking water preserves 30 x 500 ml with a handy unlimited shelf life although they don’t say whether it tastes like last weeks unwashed socks. You now have the opportunity to purchase this high-quality and hard-to-receive long-term food, which is a sister product from the world-renowned BP-5. It’s ideal for emergency supplies: BPA-free packaging in butter paper instead of plastic inside at BP ER. In addition, nitrogen and vacuum welding and therefore gas and waterproof units ensure safe protection and an extremely long service life. Experience has shown that the BP range was in perfect condition even after over 30 years of storage. Seven Oceans is natural drinking water without chemical additives that has been processed and processed so that it has an unlimited shelf life. In special safety packs that can withstand almost any resistance and e.g. can also freeze or get hot without compromising quality.
Meanwhile over at ebay.co.uk you can find an emergency food supply offered by Blambloo Ltd in Basingstoke (but don’t let that put you off) who have the MRE range up for grabs. Weighing in at 130 UK sterling is the MRE, Emergency Food Supply with a 20 Year Shelf Life Survival Kit Military Packs!
Advertised as the Survive Mode with a 20 Year Shelf Life it is the Emergency Food Pack. The kit includes 60 Packs, 20 of each flavour which are – Chocolate, Peanut And Multi-Vitamin. Yup, honestly, drop the bomb and they still want you to eat peanut! Anyway each packet contains 2 bars the equivalent to a meal. 3 packs will provide enough nutrients and calorie intake for 1 day.
60 packs will sustain 1 person for 20 days in the event of an emergency situation.
Finally over at Evaq8.co.uk not only do they have the best name for a company in this article but also the priciest food choice however if you believe what you read this could be the Daddy of the emergency food supplies. Possibly even a supplies surprise (sorry for the pun).
It’s not cheap at 328 UK Sterling but they offer the Evaq8, 30 Day Ready to Eat Emergency Food Supply Kit although they don’t even chuck in a bottle of decent Rioja with that but it does look appetising. They include 90 ready to eat meals and the menu is somewhat tantalising so if you want to spend your survival time in style then this is the place to go.
Ready to eat meals have been pre-cooked, you can eat them hot or cold. Also know as ambient meals, as they require no refrigeration, they are packed in retort packaging, a type of metalised plastic pouch which can provide up to three years of shelf life. Eat them directly from the bag, place the whole bag in hot or boiling water or pour them out into a pan and heat normally.
A selection of 15 different menu choices, 90 meals in all, means you’re spoilt for choice. Including breakfast meals, vegetarian, chicken and beef based meals. The meals range from 300g per pack to 430g per pack, so you can choose how much you would like to eat for each meal.
They advise that this kit can be used as it is for contingency planning (sheltering in place) or to supplement a freeze dried survival food kit. The good news is that there is no need for refrigeration. Average shelf-life is approximately 40 months. Which ain’t bad.
The salivating menus included in the kit are as follows;
Pasta bolognaise, Chilli con carne, All day breakfast, Wheat porridge with fruit, Chicken Curry, Meatballs & Pasta, Vegetable rigatoni pasta, Beef pasta, Tuna with pasta, Swedish meatballs, Spicy casserole, Yellow chicken curry, Vegetarian sausage breakfast, Chicken potato & rice.
That’s it for this prepping session but as there is so much that can be prepped in the event of a nuclear attack we will be bringing you part 2 of this feature later this year with more ideas, more advice and more options.
Remember to plan well in advance and test out the equipment where appropriate. It is important to make a plan and work out what you need in advance then you will be well on your way to ensuring you can survive a nuclear attack.
Be safe. Be secure. Be ready. Be sensible.