There are many reasons to worry about a possible nuclear attack, the turmoil in the middle east, uneasy relations with Russia, the election of an eccentric president and the consequent shift of the doomsday clock by 30 seconds to name a few. Naturally, the internet has been fretting over the consequences and discussing how one would survive the inevitable.
Today, and we have collected the best tips for you to make sure you are well prepared for the impending and increasingly probable apocalypse.
The following excerpt has been extracted from a YouTube video by Gregory Brown and Mitchell Moffit.
PACK AN EMERGENCY SUPPLY KIT
The Toronto pair advises that we must pack an emergency supply kit consisting of water and non-perishable food items.
This kit should also contain battery-powered radios, since the bomb’s radiations are most likely to ruin your mobile phone and laptop, along with all the networks within thousands of miles of radius.
FIND A SHELTER
Creating and hiding in shelters is the next important safety step in case of the deadly blast.
‘There’s a difference between a blast shelter and a fall-out shelter,’ says Gregory Brown.
An ideal shelter would have thick layers of cement and concrete and would be located in the basement for a house or in the middle of the building away from the windows in a skyscraper.
A fall-out shelter would entail thick walls and a thick roof while blocking all windows, which means any room of a house could be turned into one. The radioactivity takes about two weeks to fade off, so stocking up the right amount of food and water is the way to go.
In case you don’t have the luxury to run into a shelter, your best bet is to get on the ground with your hands behind your head and brace for the blast.
Lie flat on the ground while covering your head. It could take up to 30 seconds for the explosion’s shock wave to arrive, so don’t get panicky and start running until you are sure that the worst is over.
Never look at the blast, as it can cause temporary blindness.
If you somehow survive from turning you into ashes, try to move inside as soon as possible. Remove your clothes and clean yourself right away. Blow your nose, wash out your eyes and stop the radioactive materials from spreading. If can’t have a shower, wipe your body with a wet cloth.
You have about 30 minutes after the blast to find the best shelter, which is ample of time if you are well prepared in advance.
Stay away from any areas marked ‘radiation hazard’ or ‘HAZMAT.’ This is important as radiation cannot be seen, smelled or detected by human senses.
If you have been hiding in your shelter, wait for the authorities to come and save you.
HOW A NUCLEAR ATTACK PANS OUT?
The pair, who also host the channel AsapSCIENCE, elaborated in another video titled ‘What If We Have A Nuclear War?’, on what to expect after an explosion.
‘The impact of a single nuclear bomb depends on many factors like the weather, weapon design, geographical layout of where the bomb hits and if it explodes in the air or on the ground’ the pair said in the video.
They claim that about 35 percent of the energy is released in the form of heat. The light from the bomb, along with the heat, travels much faster than the sound (just like in a thunderstorm), so it comes several seconds earlier and would cause ‘flash blindness,’ which is temporary blindness that stays for a few minutes.
This phenomenon could affect people within a 13 miles (21 km) radius on a clear day and even 50 miles away (81km) on a clear night for a 1 megaton bomb.
People closest to the impact site, i.e. within 5 miles (8km) radius, would suffer severe third-degree burns from the heat.
The most deadly aspect of the bomb is its shockwaves caused by the sudden change of air pressure which crushes anything in its way, instantly killing everyone in the vicinity. Winds up to 158 miles per hour (255km/h) blow in a radius of 3.7 miles (6km) away, which would also cause objects to fly around dangerously.
Below is a rather disconcerting interactive map which reveals the terrible effects of a nuclear fallout might if it was dropped on your location.
The creator of the map WouldISurviveANuke.com says that the motive behind this scary design is to illustrate that ‘there really is no surviving a nuclear war.’
You can find more guidelines published by the American government’s Department of Homeland Security here.
Have some of your own tips on how to survive a blast? Do you think Trump’s arrival actually spells doom for the world or is it just part of mainstream propaganda?