Wednesday, August 25, 2010

How to Survive a Nuclear Attack or Accident

How to Survive a Nuclear Attack or Accident

Seek shelter immediately. If you are in the vicinity of a nuclear detonation or the accidental release of radiation, seek shelter immediately. The majority of people killed at Hiroshima did not die from the thermal blast but from radioactive particles in fall-out.

Stay underground for 48 hours. The deeper underground you can go, the safer you will be. Try to find a basement or subterranean garage with a concrete roof. Radioactive energy dissipates to 1/100th of its initial strength within 48 hours so stay in your temporary shelter for a minimum of two full days, longer if possible.

Take potassium iodide tablets.
The thyroid gland has an unusual capacity to absorb large amounts of radiation, which can be fatal; but potassium iodide tablets, such as RadBlock, saturate the thyroid with non-radioactive iodine so that it cannot absorb radiation. Take these tablets as soon as you learn of a nuclear incident.

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