While we don’t like to think about SHTF events, or having to deal with a chemical or biological attack, the truth is we need to be prepared for these types of scenarios. Prepping for a nuclear attack is much like prepping for other disaster events, except with a nuclear attack, you can have little to no advance warning. The Middle East has been in major turmoil lately as nations fight over who should have nuclear weaponry and how to keep these dangerous bombs out of the hands of terrorists. The whole situation is unnerving to say the least, but as preppers, we don’t worry – we prepare. There are things that you can do now to be ready, and some things will need to wait until the attack is eminent. Here are some ideas to get you started.
First, you need to think about basic disaster preparations and make sure those are taken care of in your home. Do you have enough food and water stored to last your family for a week or so? Do you have a well stocked first aid kit? Do you have a good emergency kit prepared and ready for use? Are your vehicles in good working order, and if not, do you have a reliable method of transportation if you needed to get to emergency personnel or a hospital right away? If you needed to evacuate, do you have bug out bags packed, and ready to grab and go for each member of your family? If you have not done any of these steps, that would be your first place to start.
An emergency kit is easy to prepare and is one of the first things you should do. This kit would include the necessary items like batteries, flashlights, emergency candles, lighters, walkie talkies, a radio, and extra clothes and blankets for everyone. You can keep these items in a large rubber tub in the basement, tucked out of the way until you need them.
A first aid kit is also something that should always be well stocked and ready for using. Supplies like bandages, ointments, basic over the counter medications for different ailments, thermometer, gauze and scissors, ACE wraps, and tweezers are just some of the things to include. You also could add in a basic first aid book, heating pad, and peroxide or alcohol for disinfecting. The first aid kit should be checked regularly for expiration dates on medications and to make sure everything is ready to go.
Food storage is another important category for emergency preparedness. Most survival experts recommend that you have at least enough food and bottled water for drinking on hand (for everyone in the home) to last at least a week. In the event of a nuclear disaster, that could be longer. You can easily build a food stockpile by adding a few extra items to your grocery list each week. In no time at all, you will have a good stash of non-perishable items. Be sure to include a manual can opener or two in with your food stores. These will be invaluable if the electricity is off for a long period of time.
As far as water, you can easily store bottled water underneath beds, in closets, or under the bathroom sink. You may also want to have some water purification tablets on hand in case you need to get water from another source, like a backyard pool, or pond. Neither of these would be advisable after a nuclear attack, so in that case you’d want to fill up as many containers with water and store them inside AHEAD of the attack if at all possible. This means the bathtub, the washer, the sinks, any container you can fill from the cabinet, just fill them up quickly.
When it comes to being specifically prepared for a nuclear attack, there are a few considerations. One, are you going to bug out and evacuate, or are you going to stay put? If you bug out, your bags need to be ready to go, the car filled with gas, and you need to be ready to move ASAP. Waiting around (like when a hurricane is approaching) can only make trying to leave a nightmare, and you can risk getting stranded in a worse spot. You do need to have a plan in place of where you will go ahead of time, so that you aren’t scrambling around. Be advised that the air quality may not be good, so you may want to invest in some masks or protective face coverings for your family, to help protect from breathing in harmful fumes.
If you decide to stay put, will you go underground? Some homes do not have an underground shelter, so you would have to make a go of it at or above ground level. A quick Google search can give you some ideas of how to make a fallout shelter in a basement or ground level home.
Know going in that you may be in this situation for awhile, and need to take every precaution to keep your family, and yourself safe and healthy. The dust from radiation is what is so harmful and causes extreme loss of life. You need to use extreme caution when dealing with this type of scenario. It is best to be prepared as best you can way ahead of the event so you can make informed, planned decisions.
Are you concerned that a nuclear attack could be imminent? How is your family preparing?