Nuclear war has been one of those highly unlikely, but devastating disaster scenarios for some time. These days I’m not so sure how unlikely it actually is. This is why learning about the affects of a nuclear war, and radiation protection is increasingly important.
Do I think a nuclear war is inevitable? No. Mutually assured destruction is really the only thing keeping these bad actors from popping off a few nuclear bombs. That doesn’t change the fact that we have more nuclear weapons pointing at us than ever before, and when a country feels like they have no other choice, who knows what they will do.
SPP237 Nuclear War & Radiation Protection
This week Lisa and I talked about some things to think about, and some things we can do to protect ourselves from nuclear radiation. Understanding what to do, and reacting quickly is critical, because you would only have about 30 minutes (give or take) to get your ducks in a row.
This weeks show notes are going to be kind of short because we have written 2 articles in the past that go into a lot of detail, I’ll link to those below. I’ll also make sure and link to anything I mentioned in the show.
Hawaii Nuke Warning
It was interesting that while I was researching this show on Sunday morning, news started to come in about the nuclear warning mistake in Hawaii. Could you imagine getting a “Your going to die!” alert on your phone? The first thing I would do (after I pooped myself) is get on the internet, turn on the TV, or find any sort of corroborating information.
One things that stood out to me is that most people didn’t know what to do. While only having 20 minutes to prepare severely limits your options, it also means you don’t have time for mistakes, and second guessing.
From the Show…
As I said, this weeks notes are a little short, but because we covered so much, I wanted to link to everything we mentioned in the show.
If you happen to be a ground zero when a nuclear bomb hits, there’s not a lot you can do, but protecting yourself from radiation is something we all need to learn about. Below is a chart that shows the affects of radiation to the body.
This chart uses Gray Units (Gy), but most of you are probably more familiar with RADS, Just keep in mind that 1Gy = 100 Rads. As you can see from the chart, 1 to 2 Gy (or 100 to 200 RADS) isn’t life threatening, but as you move up the chart, the illnesses and mortality increases.
A tool you can use to figure out the affects a nuclear bomb may have on your area is called the NukeMap. With this map, you can see the affects of different types of bombs, the radiation train and concentration, and even the affects of an air burst vs a ground detonation.
Lisa wrote an article in the past about what could cause nuclear radiation, and how to protect yourself from radiation. That article goes over fallout shelter, temporary shelter and a few over the counter supplies that can help remove radioactive isotopes.
Another article (and podcast) that we mentioned in the show, and will give you more information is facts and misconceptions about a nuclear attack. This article goes over different types of bombs, the damages to expect, and a few of the misconceptions about a nuclear attack.
A book that was brought to my attention by Brian K of the Mind4Survival Facebook group is Nuclear War Survival Skills, and is available in PDF form free here. This book is quite detailed, and on page 11 it goes into more myths about nuclear war.
As I was researching nuclear preparedness, I came across the website NukePills.com quite a few times. This website has some good information about Potassium Iodide Tablets, as well as other information like their nuclear reactor finder.
Lisa and I personally have the iOSAT Potassium Iodide Tablets, but there are a few you can choose from. Another product I am going to purchase and do a video on is the RADTriage50. This is a credit card sized radiation detector, and while it’s not as effective as a full fledged Geiger counter, it’s quite a bit cheaper.
I also found a couple of really good videos about general nuclear preparedness. These 2 video from BuildAnArk run about an hour and a half, but go through what you can do in the event of a nuclear strike.
The BuildAnArk website also has quite a bit of other preparedness information such as alternative energy, food storage, self defense, and other how to videos.
I mentioned in the beginning of the show that Kevin Reiter, Brian Duff, Ryan Mitchel and I are in the process of creating a new preparedness website. This is going to be more than just an average preparedness website, we will have live video and chat, special guests, a conference, and much more.
We plan on launching in February, and I’ll have more info on this next week, so stay tuned…