How To: Survive a nuclear terrorist attack

Survive a nuclear terrorist attack

How to Survive a nuclear terrorist attack

Although this may not be the most likely disaster you will deal with, it never hurts to be prepared. Knowing what to do and where to go after a nuclear bomb has exploded will give you the best chance of surviving the radiation .

Step 1: Get potassium iodide

Have potassium iodide on hand; you may need it to protect your thyroid from the radioactive iodine fallout of a nuclear event.

Step 2: Go below

If an attack is imminent, get indoors and go as far below ground as you can. If that's not possible, seek whatever shelter you can.

Step 3: Seal yourself in

Once indoors, close all windows and doors and turn off air conditioners, heaters, and and other ventilation systems.

Step 4: Seal up your car

If you can't get to a building, stay inside your car. Close the windows and vents, turn off the heat and A/C, and hold a cloth over your mouth and nose to avoid breathing in radioactive dust and smoke.

Step 5: Protect yourself outdoors

If you're caught outdoors or very near the blast when it happens, don't look at it or you risk temporary or even permanent blindness.

Step 6: Stay put

If you are more than 10 miles from the epicenter of the blast, remain in the shelter for 48 to 72 hours after the blast.

Step 7: Get out of Dodge!

If you are closer than 10 miles to the epicenter after the explosion, get moving! You have 10 to 20 minutes to get at least a mile away from the mushroom cloud, or you risk lethal radiation poisoning.

Step 8: Cover up

Keep your mouth, nose, and as much of your skin covered as you move away from the blast area.Once you're at a safe distance, take off your clothes; this alone may get rid of up to 80 percent of radioactive dust. Then take a shower, which will further reduce your exposure.

Step 9: Get decontaminated

Rid your body of radioactive material as soon as possible by reporting to the nearest decontamination center set up in your area.

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