posted on May, 19 2005 @ 10:04 PM
I see a lot of confusion running about, allow me to clarify a few things.
1: dont bother trying to protect yourself from the blast. If you're anywhere near ground zero, you are dead. So try not to be anywhere near a
likely target, and hope the enemy has good aim.
2: if you intend on maintaining any source of powered operations, a generator is a must, along with spare parts, oil, and fuel. As I said before,
corn works fine for fuel.. you just have to cook up some ethanol.
3: as I and others have already said, what you need to worry about is fallout. This means air, water, food, and body. Use the example of a fallout
shelter built in your basement (say.. a whole bunch of crap piled up around the staircase.. whatever is in the middle of the house farthest from the
outer walls and as far underground as posslbe). At the first sign of an impending attack, you will want to shut off the water main. Whatever water
you have already stored in preparation (tanks, bottles, bathtubs, sinks), along with the water in your pipes, toilets [the tanks NOT the bowls], water
heater, will now be your only source of water. If you have a fresh water source nearby, you are lucky. Rivers, and creeks only. Standing water,
lakes, will be FULL of fallout. Running water are naturally filtered, but you'll need to filter your water anyway. Air filtration will be a must,
but if nothing is available NBC rated gas-masks will do. Painters mask equipped with P100 rated filter will work too.
Potassium iodide tablets are compulsory. They will counteract the effects of any fallout particles you will injest.
4: If you intend on interacting with what little technological society is left, you will need electronics gear. Laptops, radios (which you should have
anyway to monitor emergency broadcasts), etc... should all be kept in a sealed metal box with no seams larger than .5mm. It is unlikely a nuclear
generated EMP will effect these devices as they are so small, but if you intend on using the technology, you'll want to protect it just in case.
5: Food. Store as much as you can. High carb is best. Nonperishable is good too, but nothing is "nonperishable". Most nonperishables have a
shelf life of 24months or less, so keep a good supply of what you regularly eat and keep it rotated. "Use it or lose it." Once the radiation has
dropped you can begin eating local vegetation. Really just have to wash off any remaining fallout dusting, as it will still be highly radioactive at
6: Get or build a geiger counter. You will need it to know when ambient radiation levels have dropped and it is safe to come out of your fallout
shelter. This could be anywhere from a few days to a few months, depending on how much fallout your area has received and your poximity to the
detonations. You'll also want an NBC rated protective suit. Army ones will work fine. You can get them on eBay, unopened, for very cheap.
7: Buy this book:
When Technology Fails
Clear Light Publishers
It isnt nuclear specific, but is a general how-to on how to survive without our modern day technological infrastructure. From the cover:
Self-Reliance, Sustainability, Present Trends, Possible Futures, Emergency Survival, Supplies/Preparations, Metal Working, Utensils, Engineering /
Machines / Materials, Water, Food, Shelter & Buildings, First Aid, Low-Tech Medicine & Healing, Clothing & Textiles, Energy, Heat & Power, Better
Living Through Low-Tech Chemistry.
Also don't forget, nuclear is not the only path a global war may follow. We may be engulphed in chemical or biological warfare, and there are many
MANY more aspects to take into consideration when dealing with these threats.
[edit on 19-5-2005 by apc]