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Ready for Anything: Responding to Nuclear Attack

Be Prepared for this Extreme, Catastrophic Event

LEARN THESE TERMS

Electromagnetic Pulses (EMP): High-density electrical fields which can disrupt or destroy electronics such as computers and automobiles

Fallout: Radioactive particles that are carried by wind and can spread for hundreds of miles

Blast Shelter: A structure designed to offer some protection against a nuclear explosion, but cannot withstand a direct detonation

Fallout Shelter: A shelter designed to protect against fallout, usually with thick walls to guard against radioactive particles

THINGS TO REMEMBER

The effects of a nuclear weapons vary based upon terrain, weather, altitude, and device size. There are three factors for protecting yourself from a nuclear blast:

  • Distance: fallout will disperse over distances, so the further away the better
  • Shielding: Thicker, denser materials such as bricks, books, and earth are better for absorbing radioactive particles
  • Time: Fallout loses radioactivity rapidly, but depending on the size of the device, it could take weeks before the threat is greatly reduced

IF A NUCLEAR EXPLOSION IS IMMINENT

  1. Take cover quickly, preferably below ground, and stay there
  2. Listen to media broadcast for instructions from civil or military authorities

IF YOU ARE CAUGHT OUTSIDE DURING A NUCLEAR EXPLOSION

  1. Do not look at the actual explosion or fireball, it can blind you
  2. Take cover behind anything that might offer some protection
  3. Lie flat on the ground and cover your head, it could take some time for the shock wave to arrive
  4. Take shelter ASAP, trying to stay upwind of the explosion to avoid fallout

AFTER THE EXPLOSION

  1. Stay tuned to media broadcasts for instructions on evacuation or shelter
  2. Stay put until you hear from authorities, it will take time for fallout to dissipate to safe levels, though 80% of it will have fallen within the first 24 hours
  3. Stay away from any areas indicated to be off limits due to contamination

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