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Here are twenty-three myths that are repeatedly heard (some much more often than others) that this document tries to dispel.
MYTH #01: Almost everyone will suddenly be killed on doomsday.
MYTH #02: Most people would be quickly killed by the bomb blasts, thermal radiation, or radioactivity.
MYTH #03: You can build an adequate shelter in your basement.
MYTH #04: You must filter the air coming into a shelter to remove the fallout.
MYTH #05: Water would become radioactive.
MYTH #06: There would be no dangerous radioactivity after a couple of weeks.
MYTH #07: Radiation sickness is not contagious so there is no danger in assisting those affected.
MYTH #08: Food exposed to radiation becomes radioactive and is therefore not edible.
MYTH #09: If you have a special radiation suit (like you see in the movies and on TV) you will be protected from the radiation.
MYTH #10: New crops of food grown in future years will not be radioactive.
MYTH #11: There is no such thing as a fallout pill.
MYTH #12: There is a fallout pill that will protect you from all radioactivity.
MYTH #13: There would be dangerous radioactivity for thousands of years.
MYTH #14: There would be no dangerous radioactivity after a couple of years.
MYTH #15: You are prepared if you have a two weeks emergency supply of food stored.
MYTH #16: You should be prepared to be self-sufficient and be able to survive on your own.
MYTH #17: Any survivors would have to live the rest of their lives underground.
MYTH #18: Life after doomsday won't be worth living.
MYTH #19: You need not make any preparation because you are either going to die in the holocaust or be saved (religious connotation).
MYTH #20: The bombs today are so large and there are so many they will destroy the world.
MYTH #21: You will receive adequate warning from your government.
MYTH #22: You will receive no warning, and there is no hope if you do.
MYTH #23: One of the primary targets will be nuclear power plants.