posted on Jun, 20 2004 @ 01:54 PM
actually the duck and cover may actually work. The terrorist nuclear weapons wouldn't be the enormous thermonuclear ones that the US and USSR had.
It may be strange to say this, but their blast might be smaller than you think, and if you llive in a suburban community like 95% of USA, you will be
very likely to survive the initial blast.
If you're more than a mile from ground zero, you have a good chance of surviving a 1-10 kt explosion. Given suburban population densities, this
size bomb would not kill as many people as in Hiroshima and Nagasaki---those Japanese cities were very densely populated, and had wood and rice paper
homes. Maybe 5,000-10000?
Problem is that fallout now becomes a major issue, and it does kill.
The issue is, "then what?" You need to learn about wind patterns and fallout procedures.
I would say that as soon as the blast subsides, you get as much food and water into your car, many trash bags, many change of clothes, and bug the
hell out. Keep all the windows closed and set to NO outside air. Avoiding debris and finding clear roads will be a problem. If you need to, drive
on the other side of the highway if it is obvoius everybody will be going the same direction: away. Use headlights and hope you don't crash.
As soon as it's safe, you need to change all your clothes. THROW THE OLD ONES AWAY.
And if you can, rinse off your car. Then drive.
The real issue after nuclear terrorism is what happens to the economy? Will you still have a job? Will you be able to afford to eat? One A-bomb
the US would survive OK. But what if they set off 25? Where would the Dow be after that? Who exactly is going to be going into work? Who is going
to get paid? The ATMs aren't going to work, and the Fed would probably freeze all bank deposits.