Nuclear attacks are not something that many people worry about any longer. In the 1950’s and during the height of the Cold War, nuclear attack drills were very common. Kids were told to climb under the desk and cover their heads. While all of that might seem like a long, long time ago, the truth of the matter is that we live in a much more dangerous world these days than we ever did during the Cold War.
Many people like to point to issues like the Cuban Missile Crisis as the points in history were humankind faced the closest possibility of nuclear war. And while that might be the case there is no denying that today offers us many different issues from many different people groups. With the rise of ISIS and the ongoing issues of Al-Qaida, the world has the potential to see threats unlike any before.
Just last year Russia pushed through a sovereign state and annexed Crimea. The world watched in awe as the Russians came and went as they pleased. Many politicians and talking heads clamored about how we needed to do something to stop the advancement of the Russians but our leaders did nothing more than shake their fingers and pout. Now we have issues that are only growing in places like Syria and Northern Africa. The world is a hotbed of potential threats and nuclear attacks are not as far fetched, as some would have us to believe.
So what is the best way to prep for a nuclear disaster? Well you have to understand that there are numerous ways that nuclear material can be used and/or made harmful. Most people assume that a nuclear attack would include the detonation of a bomb, and it could. Other scenarios include fallout from a nuclear power plant. Whatever the case may be there are some ways that you can prep for this disaster.
Keep in mind that a nuclear attack that includes the detonation of a device will be almost impossible to survive if you are unfortunate enough to be in the blast zone. Blast zone size is hard to determine because it is predicated on the overall size of the weapon. That being said there are some things we can do to better prepare ourselves and family for the potential of a nuclear attack of some kind.
- Geiger Counter/ Radiation Stickers
There are several different gauges that are on the market that can be used to detect radiation fallout. Apart from the blast of a nuclear weapon the radiation is the most dangerous aspect that can kill the most people. Having the ability to read the amount of radiation in the air is something that could prove very beneficial for you and your family.
There are also many devices that you can make yourself. It would be beneficial to have a device that was made by a professional but you could also use tin foil, baby food jars, as well as some wax to make a radiation detector for yourself.
Overall these devices are not hard to find and they are not too expensive. They will not be used for any other events except for reading radiation but that alone could be a lifesaver. Knowing what is coming and how long you have to prepare is always going to be a win-win situation.
- Potassium Iodine Tablets
These tablets are known to be very effective in fighting the effects of radiation on your body. They are mostly used for helping your thyroid to not be consumed with radiation. However you need to be aware that these tablets are not the easiest items to get your hands on. The main reason for this is that the wrong dosage can prove fatal to most people.
Those that are trying to avoid damage to their thyroid need to consider using Himalayan iodized salt.it will not work as well but it will work. Something is better than nothing.
There is much debate in the medical community about what vitamins are best and which ones can actually help with radiation issues. It was originally said that vitamins C and E were found to be very helpful in cancer patients. Many doctors said that research showed that the vitamins were helping the healthy cells to block the radiation, which in turn would reduce the overall side effects of radiation on cancer patients.
The jury is still out on that and I will be the first to tell you that I am not a doctor. However I would encourage you to read for yourself and do your own research on the topic. You will find numerous thoughts and ideas but the general theme seems to be that vitamins are a good thing to help protect against radiation poisoning.
We are all aware that X-ray technicians are quick to leave a room before the actual event takes place. We are also aware that we are covered with a lead blanket. If you have ever had a mammogram you also know that certain perfumes, deodorants, and even baby powder can block some of the radiation. These are all great things to have on hand. White is the best color to wear and, as crazy as it might sound, tin foil is a good option.
Make sure you have a supply of breathing masks that can be used in the event of a nuclear attack or other radiation issues.
- Water Purifiers
We have several NBC filters. That stands for Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical. These filters are designed to purify water (they make them for air as well) that could be contaminated by these issues.
What are some other supplies that you have stocked up on just in case of a nuclear attack? Is this something that you worry about in the near future?