Surviving a Nuclear Explosion – Nuclear Aftermath
In the penultimate section of this series, we summarized the consequences of a nuclear blast.
We were acquainted with the numerous ways radioactive fireballs are instantly emitted once a nuclear weapon is detonated and also how the multitude of the earth crust is displaced to bring about radioactivity.
In this final post, we will have a look at the vital steps that will assist you in dealing with the after-effects of a nuclear blast.
I will be giving out adequate guidelines on how to get prepared for a possible nuclear blast to enable you to keep your family safe before and after impact.
How can you get your family ready for a nuclear blast emergency?
Your ability to survive is dependent on the amount of effort you intend investing in preparation for such kind of disaster.
What’s the apex step to take?
If you read through the entire series of this piece, you will readily agree with me that the first step in preparing for such disasters, is anticipating it.
Having an idea of what you are about to face is extremely important mainly if you are swapping with manmade disasters. Knowing what to anticipate can assist you to haggle unhealthy situations such as moving close to locations close to the nuclear explosion or even going out and exposing yourself to the various health hazards associated with the atomic blast.
Nuclear Explosion Guidelines
Listed below are a couple of guidelines to get you equipped in the event of a nuclear explosion:
1. Store Adequate Disaster Items –Target at storing adequate supplies such as food, clean water and lots more that would last up to 30 days. Store your food and water supplies in airtight containers. Listed below is some couple of additional supplies that you should store up in your basement of nuclear shelter:
- Kerosene stove & kerosene
- Lighters and matches
- Disposable plates, cups and eating utensils
- Battery operated radio
- Battery operated flashlights and lamps
- Two-way radio (optional but extremely useful in communicating with local law enforcement and emergency personnel)
- Generous supply of batteries for your battery-operated devices
- Sharp carving knife
- Collection of compact carpentry, electrical and mechanist tools
- Plastic bags for different purposes
- A large roll of durable string
- Thick rope
- At least one large fire extinguisher that can handle gas, electrical and ordinary fires.
- Tissue paper and paper towel rolls
2. Be Prepared to Put Out Fires –There is a general belief that once a nuclear device is detonated, everything within the surrounding environment is fired and burned. Well, this is the type of havoc, happens only in movies. In the real world, once a nuclear device goes off, the destruction caused by it is due to fires that simultaneously start at the same time.
You shouldn’t be concerned about the nuclear fallout created by the massive damage associated with an explosion rather the tremendous heat and shockwave associated with should be your high concern. In addition to that, there would be no radioactive emission until after about 30 to 40 minutes of the explosion.
If the blast should occur within your residential area, your priority should be keeping everyone safe and putting out fires inside your home. Though the heat emitted from a blast is invisible, it is highly volatile. Curtains, office supplies, wooden furniture, gas cookers are some of the things that can easily combust.
3. Accustom Yourself with First Aid and Basic Home Nursing Tips
Injuries are common with humanmade disasters such as nuclear blasts owing to its intense heat and other attributes. Everyone living or working within the blast radius is at risk of getting injured.
Having an adequate idea of how to apply first aid is vital to the survival of your family, friends, loved ones, and colleagues should they get injuries or burnt after the explosion. Listed below are some essential skills that you should learn in readiness for such disasters:
- Caring for an unconscious individual
- Transporting injured persons
- Basic wound care (including cleaning/disinfection and application of proper dressings)
- Caring for bone injuries or fractures
- Caring for infants, children, and seniors
- Care for individuals that may have been exposed to high levels of radiation.
- Emotional counseling and psychological support for victims of disasters
- Proper removal of radioactive materials from clothes and the body
To acquire more of these necessary skills, you should try and attend first aid conferences. These outlined essential skills are essential for your family’s survival after a nuclear blast.