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10 Most Useful Items In A Nuclear Emergency

10 Most Useful Items In A Nuclear Emergency


10 Most Useful Items In A Nuclear Emergency

The media has spent decades telling us a nuclear exchange would be the end for all of civilization.  Not only is this wrong but it is down right deadly advice.  Most will survive the initial blast and heat yet many people will die horrible deaths that could have been avoided with little preparation.  This list of ten items, some of which are common and in your home right now, are essentials for surviving a nuclear bomb with the possibility of walking away unscathed.  Mind you, it is obviously not directed at people whose homes have been blown away by the initial blast.  It is aimed at the millions that would be in the vicinity of the bomb, say the suburbs or outer parts of a city.


  1. Sandbags- Why sandbags?  Because in order to survive the initial gamma radiation after a nuclear bomb you will need to put as much dense material between you and the radiation possible, like dirt or sand.  Sandbags are the perfect choice to hold the material.  Remember, for every 3.6 inches of sand or dirt between the radiation and you, you halve your dose.
  2. Shovel- To bury the dead?  Maybe, but in this case to fill the sandbags.  Even if you don’t heed my warning, the shovel can still pile dirt into or onto something to shield you from radiation.
  3. Wind Sock A windsock can be used to quickly assess the direction and strength of the surface winds.  This can give you a basic indication as to how long you have to prepare before the radiation arrives.  Be sure to pay attention to the weather everyday to note the upper level winds.
  4. Plastic Sheeting- We all laughed when homeland security told us to stock up on plastic sheeting but there is some merit to this, actually quite a bit.  You can pile dirt on top of it for an expedient shelter, temporarily fix broken windows, after the gamma radiation subsides it can be used to make a “clean room” when you have to leave your home in search of food or water.
  5. Rain Suit- After you emerge from shelter you will need to separate your body from the harmful alpha and beta particles you will face.  A rubber or non-breathing vinyl rain suit is perfect for the job.  Don’t forget to add rubber gloves as well.
  6. Duct Tape- Another homeland security punchline that is actually very useful.  Use it to install the aforementioned plastic sheeting in the above scenarios, use it to tape the joints between your gloves and your rain suit and rain pants to boots.
  7. Water Heater or Well Pressure Tank- These are often overlook sources of clean, safe water.  If you didn’t store a half a gallon of water for each person for two weeks, here is 80+ “man/days” of water.  Keep in mind that your neighbors who don’t know how to survive the initial gamma radiation also have water heaters and pressure tanks…and food.
  8.  Case of N95 Respirators For the first few weeks at the least when you leave shelter you will have to protect yourself from breathing in hot particles.  While Alpha and Beta particles aren’t so bad on the outside of your body if you breath them in they can do major damage very quickly.
  9. Means of Measuring Radiation-  Whether it is a Geiger counter, dosimeter pen or a homemade Kearny meter, or even plans for the meter have a way to measure radiation.  By the time you show symptoms of acute radiation poisoning it is probably already too late.
  10. Potassium Iodide The only “preventative medicine” for a nuclear bomb.  It works by saturating your thyroid with “good” iodine and allows Iodine 131 (the bad kind) to mostly pass through your system quickly.

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Having these items in a nuclear emergency is one thing, knowing what to do with them and when to do it is another.  If you haven’t already seen it, check out the Tin Hat Ranch’s 5 part “How to Survive A Nuclear Bomb” series.  Learn things like; how to know the size, distance, and probable origin of the bomb.  Might there be more bombs?   Should I stay put or evacuate?  How to make an expedient “radiation proof” shelter and takes you all the way through until you emerge from shelter.

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