Hello people. I realize that everyone is freaking out about the meltdowns happening over at Fukushima and about the potential of some radioactive
fallout reaching North America (USA - Canada) in the next 24-48hour time span.
So I have done some simple research for you folks, and have found a nice little guide to help you and your loved ones stay safe in the face of a real
Fallout is essentially "radioactive dust" or particles which are lifted into the atmosphere and blow with the wind over vast areas and can harm
plants, animals, etc in many cases. However there are many steps we can take to mitigate these dangers and to stay safe and ensure a happy healthy
future for us all.
The key to this is INFORMATION. By knowing what you need to do and how to do it, you can make the best of the terrible potential situation developing.
Also you can utilize this guide for future instances of a potential fallout event.
I will use this as my Source.
However you and I can easily find hundreds of fallout preparedness guides online or at our local libraries with ease as they are all over the place.
But sadly they are ignored until the day something like this happens and we actually need to dust them off and take a look at what our plan is gonna
#1) Should I flee or should I stay here?
You must decide FIRST if you need to prepare where you are, or attempt evacuation. The nature of the threat, your prior preparations, and your
confidence in your sources of information should direct your decision. If you know already you will be preparing to stay at your own home or, at
least, the immediate local area, go now to #2 below.
If you are considering evacuation, your decision requires very high confidence that it is worth the risk. You do not want to get stuck between your
current location and your hoped for destination, as there will probably be no easy getting back.
I will not be quoting the entire article so check it out for further information. I am just gonna quickly go through this list for everyone.
#2) FIRST STEPS TO TAKE
Because time is of the essence, you need to first delegate and assign to different adult family members specific tasks so they can all be
accomplished at the same time. Your first priorities to assure your family survival are Shelter, Water, and Food/Supplies. While some are working on
the water storage and shelter at home, others need to be acquiring, as much as possible, the food and supplies.
Because much of the food and supplies listed at #7 of this guide may quickly become unavailable, you need to assign someone NOW to immediately
go to the stores with that list! Get cash from the bank and ATM's first, if it can be done quickly, but try and use credit cards at the stores,
if at all possible, to preserve your cash.
With one or more adults now heading to the stores with the list at #7, those remaining need to begin storing water IMMEDIATELY! Lack of clean
water will devastate your family much more quickly and more severely than any lack of food. Without clean water for both drinking and continued good
sanitary practices in food preparation and for bathroom excursions (which could be much less sanitary than normal), debilitating sickness could
rampage through your family with little hope of prompt medical attention. That is a likely but, avoidable, disaster, ONLY IF you have enough
Every possible container needs to be filled with water RIGHT NOW! It will be very hard to have stored too much water. When the
electricity/pumps go down or everybody in your community is doing the same thing, thus dropping the water pressure, what you've got is all you might
be getting for a very long time. Empty pop bottles (1-3 liter) are ideal for water storage, also filling up the bathtub and washing machine.
(Remember, later you'll have some in your hot water tank.) If you have any kiddie pools or old water beds, pull them out and fill them up,
The goals of your family fallout shelter are: To maximize the distance away from the fallout 'dusting' outside on the ground, roof and trees.
To place sufficient mass between your family and the fallout to absorb the deadly radiation To make the shelter tolerable to stay in while the
radiation subsides with every passing hour
Basements are a big plus here, but it is not necessary and a viable shelter can be hardened quickly if you know what you are doing and have a little
#6) ESSENTIAL INFO
Government information and guidance is a vital resource in your response to a nuclear crisis, but for many reasons it may be late, incomplete,
misleading or simply in error. While evacuation might be prudent for individuals who act quickly in response to a threat, governments will be slow to
call for mass evacuations before an event because of their potential for panic and gridlock.
Maybe the Govt will tell us what to do, maybe they won't. So you better figure it out yourself right now and make a PLAN and follow it till this
fallout event is over and we can figure out the specifics later!
Filtering the air coming into your basement shelter won't be required. Air does not become radioactive, and if your basement is reasonably
snug, there won't be any wind blowing through it to carry the radioactive fallout dust inside.
Regarding fallout contamination, any food or water stored in sealed containers, that can later have any fallout dust brushed or rinsed off the
outside of the container, will then be safe to use. As long as the fallout dust does not get inside the container, then whatever radiation penetrated
the food/water container from the outside does not harm the contents. If you suspect that your clothes have fallout on them, remove your outer
clothing before you come inside and leave them outside. A cheap plastic hooded rain poncho that can be easily rinsed off or left outside is very
effective. Have water and baby shampoo near the entrance to wash and thoroughly rinse any exposed skin and hair.
Have everything in sealed containers and WASH things off ASAP (Including yourself!!)
If without sufficient time to acquire radiological instruments of your own, like survey meters, Geiger counters and dosimeters, you'll need to be
extra sure that your portable radios function properly from inside your shelter and that you have plenty of fresh batteries stocked for them. Without
radiological instruments, listening for official guidance about the radiation threat levels in your particular area will be the only way you'll know
when it's becoming safe to venture out.
Get sensor equipment, find someone with it, or keep your radios on!
When fallout is first anticipated, but has not yet arrived, anyone not already sheltered should begin using their N95 particulate respirator masks
and hooded rain ponchos. Everyone should begin taking Potassium Iodide (KI) or Potassium Iodate (KIO3) tablets for thyroid protection against cancer
causing radioactive iodine, a major product of nuclear weapons explosions. If no tablets available, you can topically (on the skin) apply an iodine
solution, like tincture of iodine or Betadine, for a similar protective effect. (WARNING: Iodine solutions are NEVER to be ingested or
Get your rain ponchos ready and try to find KI or KIO3 please. Quickly before it's out of stock.
When you know that the time to take protective action is approaching, turn off all the utilities into the house, check that everything is sealed
up and locked down, and head for the shelter. You should also check that you have near your shelter additional tools, crow bars, and car jacks for
digging out later, if required, and fire extinguishers handy, too. Also, any building supplies, tools, sheet plastic, staple guns, etc. for sealing
any holes from damage.
Get your tools rounded up and ready to go. Start putting tape over the door openings or windows. Cut off any openings to the outside.
You don't need to risk fire, burns, and asphyxiation trying to cook anything in the cramped shelter space. For lighting needs within the shelter
have some small LED flashlights or LED head-lamps to stretch your battery life. Try not to have to use candles if at all possible.
#7) SUPPLIES LISTS
Go Acquire It All Now QUICKLY!
Better to risk being a little early when securing your families essential food and supplies, rather than a few hours too late and going home
It's a really long list. Please just stop reading my stupid little thread and GO to the actual SOURCE
"A prudent man foresees the difficulties ahead and prepares for them; the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences." -
There are dozens of links found within my source article. There is information and answers surrounding you. Take action now, ask questions later.
Better be safe than sorry. We don't know the severity of this incident yet, nor do we know the trajectory exactly.