Nuclear Radiation

 

Nuclear radiation first became a threat during World War II, and has recently become fresh in the minds of people everywhere after the earthquake and tsunami caused a nuclear plant meltdown in Japan in 2011. Nuclear radiation can happen after a plant meltdown, like in Japan, or during times of war, as multiple countries are thought to possess nuclear weapons. The effects of radiation poisoning can be fatal and destroy much of the world’s clean food and water sources. Preparing for a nuclear attack can be difficult, as there is often very little warning. However, being prepared for the resulting radiation is more doable.

 

It is imperative to stockpile provisions in preparation for nuclear radiation, and build or buy a shelter. Basic necessities, like food, water and even toilet paper can become scarce. Having a large stockpile of shelf stable foods, water, flashlights, batteries, fuel and first aid supplies can help get you through the resulting shortages. It’s also important to keep plenty of items for entertainment available as well, as it would not be safe to venture outside the shelter for a certain amount of time, depending on your proximity to the blast site. A shelter is important because of the risk of fallout dust particles, which can easily infiltrate the home. A basement may be converted into a shelter in an emergency. The most important thing to consider when assembling a shelter is that the walls of the shelter are very thick. If creating a large stockpile and having a shelter ready is not an option, there is another way to prepare for nuclear radiation. Some areas of the world are more likely to become targets of a nuclear attack than others, and by researching how close you are to target areas, you can relocate yourself to an area that is low risk. If you are far away from the target areas, you will have more time to react and prepare for the risk of radiation.