How to survive a nuclear bomb

March 23, 2018

There are benefits to preparing for the worst-case scenario, no matter how unlikely that scenario may be.

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So while the threat of a nuclear attack in 2018 may or may not be high, depending on whom you ask, there are ways to stay informed and preparations to make.

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Find a nearby place to shelter

The last thing you want is to be Googling “nuclear shelters near me” when you’ve got mere minutes to seek out protection. Have a plan ready now.

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Choose the most durable shelter possible. One with a thick, dense roof and walls is ideal, as is something underground and surrounded by hard material.

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Places you should not seek shelter: A car, a fridge or at the top of a multistory building.

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Prepare your nuclear attack survival kit

Among the things you’ll need: Water, nonperishable food, battery-powered radio, flashlight, first-aid kit and a cell phone with backup battery.

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One item that's seen a surge in demand since the threat of nuclear attack is potassium iodide, which helps protect against certain types of radiation poisoning.

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Learn the rules for survival

You'll need to protect yourself even after you've survived nuclear attack. Once sheltered, you'll want to close off the space to reduce risk of contamination.

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You'll also want to shed the outermost layer of clothing, which can remove up to 90% of radioactive material. Store these clothes in a sealed bag or container.

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You'll want to gently wash off with soap and shampoo — but not conditioner, as this can bind radioactive materials to your hair.

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Finally, take a deep breath. As frightening as this all is, the best thing you can do is avoid fatalism and focus on your chances of survival.

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