Severe Weather Preparedness Simi Valley

On Surviving a Nuclear Explosion

Nuclear weapons rely on some nuclear reaction to create an explosion. The blast, the heat and the radiation that results from a nuclear explosion are very dangerous. These explosions can lead to property damage and injuries and even deaths. No cause for alarm yet; there’s always something that you can do to keep your family safe. You need to know what you need to do and how to do it right.

Nuclear devices can be a small portable device which can be held by a person, or it can equally be a massive weapon carried by a missile.

A nuclear explosion can happen with the least of warnings. It cannot be easy to prepare enough for it, but there’s something you can always do to at least reduce the damage;

  • First, spot the nearest brick or concrete building and get inside to avoid contamination.

  • Then, take off your contaminated clothes and clean/ wash exposed skin.

  • Now get as far as possible from the windows, don’t go near the windows or the roof

  • Stay in your safety location for the rest of the day or until the authorities give other instructions.

  • Keep everyone inside the house- including your pets.

  • Now turn on the TV or radio and turn on the local channel and follow the latest updates. You can also use social media to get the updates in case there’s a blackout

  • If the nuclear explosion causes a power outage, battery-driven radios will be of importance.

  • Expect an interruption of regular cell phone use, TV and Internet services

You can never tell when a nuclear explosion will happen. In the event it happens;

NOW is the best time to PREPARE;

  • Spot the best shelter locations near you quickly. The best shelter locations during a nuclear explosion event are underground and the middle of big buildings.

  • If you were driving, stop the vehicle and make a run for a building.

  • If the explosion occurred when you were commuting or driving, identify appropriate shelters you can get into in the event of a detonation.

  • Remember to have an emergency supply kit in places you find yourself in often. It should also contain food supplies that can take you for the next for 24 hours or more.

DURING a nuclear explosion;

  • If you were warned of a potential attack, get inside the tall buildings and stay away from the windows early enough. Close all windows if possible.

  • If detonation occurs while you were outdoors, take cover from anything that might offer protection. Lie on your belly to protect yourself from the heat and flying debris. If you are inside a vehicle, pull over safely, and duck down within the car.

  • After the shock wave attack, you have about 10 minutes to act, make good use of it and grab what you will need for the next more extended period

  • Stay tuned the latest news from emergency service providers. If the authorities advise you to evacuate, do so quickly. Capture information about the safest routes, shelters, and the procedures to follow

  • After the evacuation, do not return to the affected area even if you have forgotten something until the officials notify you that it is safe.

AFTER the nuclear explosion, proceed with these further safety procedures;

  • Take off the outer clothing, which may have been contaminated with radiation and fallout.

  • Bathe with soap to remove fallout from the skin that may have been exposed. If it is impossible to shower immediately, use a wet piece of cloth to clean the surface.

  • Clean the pets that could have been exposed to the nuclear explosion. Brush the pet’s coat and remove any fallout particles. If possible, you can also wash your pets with soap and water.

  • Do not starve, feel free to eat any packaged food that was in the building during the nuclear explosion. Do not eat or drink anything that you suspect may have been left outside and contaminated.

  • If you suddenly feel ill or affected by the nuclear explosion, call your doctor or the emergency services and get the instructions on what to do and how to do it.

Direct effects of nuclear explosions

  • Bright FLASH which can result in temporary blindness (for minutes)

  • BLAST WAVE can lead to moderate to severe injury, or even death

  • RADIATION which can damage the body cells. Dangerous exposures can also cause instant radiation sickness.

  • Heat and fire

  • EMP (ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSE) which can cause damage to electrical power equipment and electronics.