What To Do In Nuclear Blast

The world is an uncertain place right now, with many comparisons to the Cold War floating around. While that might not be entirely justified (after all, the USSR was a master tactical opponent and North Korea is at best an unpredictable one), the threat of a nuclear attack has certainly been weighing on many American minds. And while there’s little any of us could do in the event of a major nuclear blast, there is plenty we could do to survive a small tactical one.

The greatest threat to the surrounding area of a nuclear blast is radioactive fallout, which is the poisonous ash generated by a bomb, and that rains down heavily for the first hour or so after detonation and then continues to fall slowly. You need to avoid that radiation at all costs, but it’s hard to know how best to do that. The ideal place for you to be is underground, at the lowest possible spot and surrounded by as much concrete as possible. A bomb shelter is ideal, of course, but a parking structure or basement will also do in a pinch. Get to the centermost spot of your underground structure and wait it out.

But what if you’re not magically in or right next to this shelter when a bomb detonates? If a good shelter option is about 5 minutes away, it’s worth the risk to get there. However, if it’s any further, you should stay put, because the risk to exposure outside is too great for your body. Get to the center of a building, and wait it out for roughly the next hour before emerging to find a better shelter. Shower with soap to get out any particles and tune into the radio for instructions from the government. This might be scary to talk about, but it could just save your life!