Where to hide if a nuclear bomb goes off in your area

 
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Given that tensions are high right now between the U.S. and North Korea I thought perhaps we could all use a bit of information on how to best be prepared should the unthinkable happen.

If you aren’t one of the billionaires who has already purchased a bunker or a large land mass in the middle of the country or at the bottom of the world, these tips will come in handy. I hope. Although, let’s hope cooler heads prevail and none of us has to reference this material. EVER.

If a nuclear bomb has gone off you will know by the sudden flash of bright, white light. And if you are within 50 miles, give or take, of the location where it went off, you might even suffer from flash blindness. Other sure signs of a nuclear blast include “near instant first-degree to third-degree burns if you’re within 10 miles or so, and of course, the trademark mushroom cloud looming over the skyline.”1

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As soon as you can see again and if you haven’t been burned, you need to calmly but quickly find shelter in the densest building material possible. Think thick. Think windowless. Basement, cellar, sub-basement- hiding in places like that will expose you to just 1/200th of the fallout radiation you would be exposed to were you outside. An ideal spot would, of course, be a bomb shelter. If you’ve got one, GO. This FEMA graphic, recently shared by Business Insider, gives you an idea of good places to go:

Recently, Business Insider shared the FEMA graphic below:

Most homes in the U.S. are made of wood and won’t do much to protect you against fallout radiation, but if you can’t get to a better location within 5 minutes, stay there and wait for an hour. After that, a large portion of the fallout radiation will dissipate and reduce your exposure.

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While you are waiting for someone to come or waiting for instructions, the EPA suggests you stay away from doors and windows, take a shower or wipe down exposed parts of your body with a wet cloth, and ditch your now-contaminated clothing in a plastic bag. Seal it and make sure to get it as far away as possible from you and others. Also, while you are showering, make sure to use shampoo and soap but DO NOT scrub or scratch your skin or use conditioner because it will bind radioactive material to your hair. After you are done, blow your nose and wipe your eyelids, eyelashes, and ears to remove any leftover material.

The last thing you need to do until a plan is in place is only drink bottled water and eat food from sealed containers.

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None of this information is meant to scare us but perhaps give us a bit more peace of mind. Having a plan in case the worst happens is always a smart idea.

 








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Sources and References

  1. Life Hacker, March 21, 2017.

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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  • I’m sorry but you Americans make me very very cross. The simplest way to save yourself from nuclear fallout is to get your evil warmongering government under control. The only way the world will have a nuclear war is if your idiot government starts one!

  • If you follow our site, you know we’re not big fans of our government here 🙁

  • Yes, I know that, but there is really ONLY one cause of potential nuclear war – AMERICA and only one cure – to get your government under control, and ONLY you can do that. Short of bombing the US with the express purpose of destroying the entire nation, the rest of us can do nothing to get YOUR government under control. If you don’t do it, eventually someone else will! The responsibility falls to YOU to change things in YOUR country. I don’t envy you, but please don’t post articles on how middle class Americans can survive the war they have caused!

  • AndyO

    Get over yourself

  • India

    Well ms. Know it all do u think ur any safer then snyone else?!!

  • aprile

    Easier said than done. Awake Americans are not at fans of this government but we are gmhsving one helluva tie awakening the sheeple.

  • aprile

    Do NOT go to a government FEMA camp either.

  • Don ‘t you realise, Aprile, that it is not just THIS government. IT is ALL of your governments. They are all warmongers, and your entire culture supports their warmongering. You idolise power and brutality, and worship your returned war heroes. To the rest of the world they are mercenaries who murder for a pay packet and glory.

    But I DO apologise to Erin Elizabeth for my tone. If anyone is doing their bit, she her, so she does not deserve the lambast. But unfortunately, too many Americans are not doing THEIR bit. And, as we all know, that the Americans I am talking about cannot be criticised. They are their god’s representatives on earth and so rule with divine authority.

  • BC

    And the troops in your nation don’t get paid? They just go out and fight for fun??

  • Koziel Andrew

    You’re completely full of it. If it wasn’t for the United States holding terrorist accountable, they would be destroying your country. You’re lucky we are willing to protect you.

  • Trevecca Cauton

    Margaret St. Alban, I still can’t deal with Trump being our President, About 1/2 of the people I know voted for him. I don’t get it. I think they are idiots. But I know families here that are divided because of Trump, we are in pretty bad shape here.

  • It isn’t about Trump. It is about your culture. Maybe which party is in power matters to you internally (although I doubt it) but it makes not one tot of difference to “the rest of the world”. Democrats and REpublicsans alike are bloodthirsty murderers. Here are some headlines. Numbers differ but it doesn’t matter much…they are all gross…

    You may not “get” this, but other countries do not do this, and where we do get involved it is because the US has forced us to get involved. When your country bullies ours, we try to stay out in the wings somewhere as trainers or logistical support – we don’t like killing people who have done us no harm.

    248 armed conflicts after WW2; US started 201 (81%), killing 30 million so far.
    US Has Killed More Than 20 Million People in 37 “Victim Nations” Since World War II
    AMERICA HAS BEEN AT WAR 93% OF THE TIME – 222 OUT OF 239 YEARS – SINCE 1776
    America Has Started 81% Of The Wars Since WWII

  • Shut the hell up, you’d still be a Nazi pawn if it wasn’t for the USA.

  • Sharon Hausey-Figures

    And what do YOU suggest we, as citizens, do? It’s easy for you to sit and make your snarky remarks from across the ocean. People like you are a part of the problem, not the solution.

  • Sharon Hausey-Figures

    Thank you!! She needs to stay in her lane. We aren’t talking about the poor dental hygiene of Europeans so she needs to shut up.

  • Nancy McCurry

    You’re spot on, Margaret. Every word of it. The US used to be helpful, now we’re a deadly liability to the planet. Power without responsibility… same reason we don’t issue submachine guns to chimpanzees.

  • Me

    Your position is wrong. Without the USA playing police to
    the world, you would probably already be over-run by another Crazy ruler from your area. Do you think it’s ok to let North Korea build an arsenal and threaten South Korea and Japan? You’re wrong about the USA being the aggressor.
    Let’s talk about all of those other wars that you claim the USA started and dragged you into. Lebanon Crisis, we were asked to help by the president of Lebanon…. So, you are wrong, we did not start it. The Korean War, North Korea invaded South Korea… again, we did not start that, and it was not the USA dragging you into it… it was the United Nations that made a decision to help. Bay of Pigs was a disaster that we should have never got involved in…. again though, that was started by Fidel Castro when he took over Cuba via a communistic rule… the USA helped anti-communist Cubans unsuccessfully try to get their democracy back. We try to play police to the world and help humanity, while you sit back and twiddle your thumbs. At least we are trying to stop the spread of communism… like we did in Vietnam. Again, not a war we started… there was a war between south and North Vietnam…. We helped the anti-communist group. Here are more examples of how we helped fight back communist and dictator insurgents and aggression…. Like Thailand, Grenada, Libya (crimes against humanity), Iran (blowing up Kuwait tankers), Panama, Somalia, Haiti and Bosnia. And, do you really want the USA to do nothing about ISIS?? Clearly it is not the USA starting conflict. We just keep trying to help the free world. Sort of how France helped us back in the beginning. And, a final note….. The UN voted 15-0 to do something about North Korea… including votes from China and Russia. How do you spin that to try to make the USA leaders look like blood thirsty murderers? And you mock us about wanting to protect ourselves in shelters or bunkers, from a crazy and power hungry ruler. I believe Denmark was the shortest military operation in WW2. Seems like a pattern is developing. Just let other crazy rulers grow to power, and let them occupy my country… until the USA comes and saves us.

  • Me

    Nancy and Margaret, you really have no clue what you are talking about. here is my post to one of Margaret’s rants below….. I think it is worth posting under Nance too.

    Your position is wrong. Without the USA playing police to
    the world,
    you would probably already be over-run by another Crazy ruler from your
    area. Do you think it’s ok to let North Korea build an arsenal and
    threaten South Korea and Japan? You’re wrong about the USA being the
    aggressor.
    Let’s talk about all of those other wars that you claim
    the USA started and dragged you into. Lebanon Crisis, we were asked to
    help by the president of Lebanon…. So, you are wrong, we did not start
    it. The Korean War, North Korea invaded South Korea… again, we did not
    start that, and it was not the USA dragging you into it… it was the
    United Nations that made a decision to help. Bay of Pigs was a disaster
    that we should have never got involved in…. again though, that was
    started by Fidel Castro when he took over Cuba via a communistic rule…
    the USA helped anti-communist Cubans unsuccessfully try to get their
    democracy back. We try to play police to the world and help humanity,
    while you sit back and twiddle your thumbs. At least we are trying to
    stop the spread of communism… like we did in Vietnam. Again, not a war
    we started… there was a war between south and North Vietnam…. We helped
    the anti-communist group. Here are more examples of how we helped fight
    back communist and dictator insurgents and aggression…. Like Thailand,
    Grenada, Libya (crimes against humanity), Iran (blowing up Kuwait
    tankers), Panama, Somalia, Haiti and Bosnia. And, do you really want the
    USA to do nothing about ISIS?? Clearly it is not the USA starting
    conflict. We just keep trying to help the free world. Sort of how France
    helped us back in the beginning. And, a final note….. The UN voted 15-0
    to do something about North Korea… including votes from China and
    Russia. How do you spin that to try to make the USA leaders look like
    blood thirsty murderers? And you mock us about wanting to protect
    ourselves in shelters or bunkers, from a crazy and power hungry ruler. I
    believe Denmark was the shortest military operation in WW2. Seems like
    a pattern is developing. Just let other crazy rulers grow to power, and
    let them occupy my country… until the USA comes and saves us

  • Nancy McCurry

    I’m with you Friend (Me), really. The USA has been a, if not THE, world leader in many ways for many years. All that ended January 20th. Yes, we’ve had a good run, and I hope we’ve helped more people than we’ve hurt and killed along the way, but no more. Sweet friend. This toxic madness sitting on his throne at the WH will bring down all those lovely powerful “good” things the US has done. We MUST look at this from the perspective of other countries. It’s imperative the US see what we’re really like in the world. We need to listen to Margaret and everyone else who sees us for what we are. Right now, life threatening. To the GLOBE. I adore your keen interest in history, and I don’t argue with any of your thinking, but those days are over friend. Trump will kill more than he saves.

  • Me

    Nancy, I see where your angst is…. You don’t like Trump. However, agreeing with vigor, with a Danish citizen that is bashing the USA, and really has no clue what she is talking about, is embarrassing. Some of
    my family and friends feel the same way that you do about Trump… and, they let that guide their position on most everything. I see it as very limiting, but everyone is welcome to their opinion, and I’m not going to try to call you names for it. What I would appreciate seeing more from your types though… is a little support for the USA.

  • Nancy McCurry

    Ha, I support the US by voting against that horrible person. I think in this case perhaps the world knows better than you do. The ENTIRE FUCKING GLOBE: scholars, analysts, historians, political scientists, reporters, veterans, business leaders, policy makers, teachers, the list goes on and on and on. Let’s see, what’s 70% of his 60 million voter base? Let’s round that to about 40 million FOR the pernicious orange blister and 7,5 billion who know see him for what he is. He’s putting more people in harms way every second. That’s why we see him as the enemy. We are less safe every day his piss ants kiss his ring.

  • Me

    You took this to a trump debate. Now we are off topic. But since we are there… Weaker leaders have let this North Korea regime linger. The days of apeasement, weakness and buying off N Korea are over. You are delusional if you think that this is a Trump issue. Shitty Hilary clintons husband gave them how many billions of dollars??? In some bullshit agreement. That they used for these missils. Your so ant-trump, that you let your mind get clouded by reason. Also, it’s not the whole fucking world that agrees with you. In fact, the whole fucking world is glad that we are finally leading with strength again…. To protect the free world, like we had to do so many other time before.

  • Nancy McCurry

    You are ADORABLE. Buy a hat that will shield you from radiation. I love that you said I’ve let my mind get clouded by reason. I love that and I love you too, Mr. Me. Watch your prostate! Hahahaha. And I’m ANTI trump, not ant-trump. That’s different.

  • Quickie

    Wow, you’ll make up anything to support your hate. They make pills for that, dear!

  • Me

    Your making no sense. Your letting your mind be clouded by ANTI Trump gibberish, and you are unable to decider reason.

    Answer my question about the 1994 Clinton agreement…. You can’t, cause your hate for trump has your mind clouded.

  • Nancy McCurry

    Sweetheart, American policy has seen every president, Dem or Rep, selling weapons to every dirty nasty shit dictator on earth, bar few. Our soldiers have been killed by weapons we sold the adversary. We are the biggest arms dealer in the world. Go America. We supply the means to kill our own soldiers. We and the Russians. You won’t find me defending too many administrations nor their policies of weapons and war. I have kids. I care what happens to the world. My position of Trump is well earned, well researched and well considered. And I’d really like to see a little citation and supporting documentation for those world leaders, or any world citizens aside from the suicidal trumpeters, who are “glad we are finally leading with strength again.” You’ll be hard pressed to find them outside from your dwindling percentage. I know I can’t change your mind or have you even see, for even a minute, another’s perspective. That’s what leaders do.

  • AmericansAreTardos

    lol.. brainwashed much?

  • USA MK ULTRA POPULACE

    USA created ISIS.. you people really are dense, its no wonder your country is such a concern for everyone outside of the US.

  • Uneducated much?

  • Nancy McCurry

    Margaret, you rock.

  • Me

    Nancy, you see him as the enemy. That’s a horrible thing to say about your president. We are less safe everyday that unlearned and bitter Americans try to tear him down. The bottom line is you’re angry about losing. The best thing that you can do is get over it, and move on. Your candidate lost, and you are becoming an obstructionist. If your position on Trump is well earned, well researched and well considered…. Then why wouldn’t you take a few minutes to Google the 1994 agreement with Korea.

    Is it possible that you are so angry and mad, that you refuse to look at facts? You can stick your head in the sand and act as if Trump didn’t win the election… but it’s real and there is no denying the facts. Now trump has to deal with this stuff. And, unsporting people continue to
    throw sticks and stones, as he is working hard to provide safety for the American people. Bill Clinton signed that 1994 Agreement, and pushed it on the American people…. wasting $5 billion of our tax money.
    Clinton is unsafe, that was an irresponsible thing to do for the sake of
    the world… he made it unsafe.

    You have yet to provide any evidence to support your claims that he is “putting more people in harm’s way every second”… or,” life threatening to the GLOBE”. What I see is a man working hard to protect American citizens from criminals crossing our boarder, Jihadists that want to kill infidels, and fix our poverty (like reversing poor decisions from past administrations, like NAFTA, Affordable Care Act, and the Paris Climate Accord).

    And spare me any grammatical fixes… it’s a small minded and petty
    attempt to gain traction, when you cannot provide factual substance.

  • Chris Loomis

    Their vote was against the establishment that can get anything accomplished, not for Trump, Hillary Clinton would have a plane full of cash headed to North Korea as we speak if she had won

  • Nancy McCurry

    I admire your fortitude and I’m sorry I was mean. We disagree on this and my position is held by most of the world. Trump might be your guy but he’s not a good man, inside, inherently. He has no center and so then can’t be trusted with the welfare of others. He has no history of generosity, giving or civic duty. Clinton (budget surplus) along with Bush (lethal deficit) and their gangs are not in the white house. They might have been horrible, but they had reason enough to string together a coherent thought. I hope you have a good life and you have people who love you. I know this issue has torn families in two. I’m sending you love and good thoughts. Good luck.

  • Lynn Harvison

    THERE IS NOWHERE TO HIDE!!

  • Lynn Harvison

    YOU PEOPLE ARE INCREDIBLY NAIVE!!

  • Valerie Reynolds

    You must be a snowflake!!!!!!!!!

  • Sleazy Vegetable Joe

    the only people that disagree with you are people blinded by loyalty to the american flag.
    the US is not only a danger to it’s own population, but also the world.
    if a nuclear bomb went off in the US, i wouldn’t doubt that the US government set it off themselves

  • gertrude van voorden

    Educate yourself. We are tired of your egomaniac grandiose supremacist ideologies. Watch docus about Operation Glaudio, the docu Hellstorm or those made by Yuri Lina, to learn how all these wars were orchestrated from shadow powers in the USA. Wars are now perpetual, moneymaking machines. The elite own now more then 75 % of all land in the world, a lot through landgrabbing and most of the wealth in the land. Just now i heard Pence say how We, meaning the american government, have several options for Venezuela. What happened to respecting sovereign countries. On the other hand some white supremacist just drove his car in a crowd of counterprotesters, murdering a woman, injuring several.

  • gertrude van voorden

    Research Operation Paperclip. The US are the Nazis and nazi scientists came to Hitler prior to WW II and had discussions with him. Operation Glaudio was formed from stay behind nazis, eliminating every person who was not to the liking of the nazipowers in the US.. According to Skorzeny, George Bush sr. is really german George Scherff, and pictures of him with nazi powers in Germany are very convincing.

  • gertrude van voorden

    That was just an illusion. It is now proven that all these wars were orchestrated. Historians claim that our entire history of the past 2000 years was frauded/untrue. According to Professor Ashraf Ezzat there were never Israelites in Egypt that were enslavened and there were never rulers called Pharaohs there. So there was never some escape. Slomo Sand; israelier claims there was never a Diaspora.

  • gertrude van voorden

    You better do some more researching. There are countless docus on YouTube. Those by Oliver Stone about how the USA is build on masonic principles and John Pilger about several of the latest wars and Jeremy Scahil about Vietnam. Before that you white people from european nations invaded America and genocided more then 100 million native/indigenous peoples already living there, which in turn genocided the redhaired white giants living there. You really believe the war rhetoric of North Korea so much worse then that of american presidents. Forgot Hiroshima Nagasaki? The USA dropped bombs filled with insects in Korea at the previous war there, intending to genocide the people there. Documents were or are still online proving so.

  • gertrude van voorden

    It has been a strategy developed thousands of years ago and patiently executed by the Illuminati. They orchestrated the French REvolution based on lies, and most likely many events before that.

  • Tom Bass

    From what I see, we are a lot like Israel; we don’t want war, but will defend ourselves against potential attacks from North Korea just as Israel defends themselves against Palestinian terrorist.

  • gertrude van voorden

    This is not about liking Trump or not. Although to many Europeans he tops the stupidity many europeans believe all americans to be. But there are plenty of americans that are fully awake to what is going on and which you can watch online. Jeremy Scahill, John Pilger, an australian. Oliver Stone ,Chris Hedges and countless others. It won´t be MSM mindprogramming so you will have to look it up for yourself and educate yourself to some truths. Fire and fury like we have never seen? What is Trump referring to. It triggers memory of some US bomb dropped in Afghanistan not that long ago, which developed an entire area. Or the firebombing of Japan after the Japanese already agreed to peace. The US committed warcrimes in many wars. and just remember Ariel Sharon, saying the USA is owned by Israel and Netanyahu caught on tape, saying how he can make the US do anything he wants. Testing new, illegal weapons with Israel in the Gazastrip, promiting them thereafter on weaponfairs that they have been tested. The illegal use of White Phosphorus and plutionium filled warheads by the US in Fallujah, causing genetic defects in 50 % of the pregnancies, aborting/miscarrying many. Google the pictures of Fallujah Birthdefects and be horrified and filled with shame for being an american and having allowed this.

  • lorilett

    Your name gives you away. It’s called extreme paranoia.

  • lorilett

    THANK YOU. I don’t like trump and lost friends over him, but the stupidity here is palpable.

  • lorilett

    Orchestrated by none other than Satan himself. Glad to see you acknowledge that, as there’s no way mortal men could patiently plan this for thousands of years.

  • Bob Heigh

    Unfortunately it seems like all the wars were started on purpose to make money. I’ve done research on this and it seems as though the States are responsible for most of them. At least the elite rich bankers seem to be at the bottom of it and the majority are living in the U.S. I’ve been researching the president’s and so far haven’t found one that was as upstanding as a citizen should be. They all have something to hide. Sad isn’t it. ………………………………peggy

  • Lisa K.

    Margaret, I do not agree with the nasty remarks posted here, but would like to say we are ALL in this together. Diviciveness is what causes problems around the world. Americans need all the help we can get. If people in other countries want to help us, they can contribute through writing letters or emails to U.S. elected officials, including #45 (President). Please understand there are MANY of us who work each & every day as activists for peace and environmental justice. Help us and ignore the unhelpful comments made by some Americans who still feel they are better than anyone else. Our leaders have taught us to believe we are the greatest nation on Earth and in some ways, maybe so. But bragging about how much good we’ve done in the past and neglecting to see the horrors we’ve created around the world is caused by living with blinders on (or watching Propaganda main-stream media). Help us and encourage others to reach out, as well. Most of us welcome the help!

  • anewera

    Post pics?

  • AlexZane

    and when it is an apposing government that attacks America… do you look really stupid or ignorant?

  • Jeff_Bell

    The very notion that there is really anywhere to hide is part of the colossal insanity and denial around nuclear arms.

    I agree with all of the comments here that promote the idea of compelling the so-called United States government and military to BACK OFF! Nothing else makes any sense at all.

    I strongly disagree with anyone who proposes various ways to survive a nuclear war. That is akin to re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

    If we are to survive as a species on this rather small planet, we MUST find a way to get rid of ALL nuclear weapons, everywhere! There is no rational reason for them to even exist.

  • I’ve read that before.

  • Stephanie Cremer

    Hi Erin! I’m curious as to why we are supposed to use the iodine? Is it supposed to clear out the radiation from your body? I’m a little confused I’ve never heard of this before.

  • Kathleen Kahl

    Last time I checked there are two country’s that are treating to shoot off nukes. Get a grip and maybe take a look at some ungovernyent censored news.

  • John R.

    Let them google and find out. I could not believe it till my brother sent the info. In 2005 was info on Viet Nam saying the U.S.A. started the first blow.

  • MtMeru

    American arrogance shines again! that’s what you’re all so good at, I’m referring to americans as a group, there are of course exceptions. The fact is you whine and do nothing of substance, your Government can be rotten to the bone you’ll still line up behind it for that Government cheese… You are cowards! and by the way there’s nothing wrong with dental hygiene in Europe, Europeans may pay less attention to esthetics and cosmetics. Americans on the other hand are all about appearances white teeth with veneers but the dirt is under the carpet… cardboard houses in America versus solid brick houses in Europe – that’s the difference! But you wouldn’t know it because you’re the center of the world! How many of you have taken an interest in learning another language or about other cultures? In most cases you don’t know anything else then MERICA!

  • thenext poetician

    Before anyone makes a thoughtless comment worthy of garden variety trolls, do some research worthy of someone who cares for truth and accuracy in reporting. There is incontrovertible evidence that nuclear bombs are physically impossible to detonate. Use the right keywords. Dig. Nukes are a hoax. Dirty bombs are not. I can provide links for those who need a nudge in that direction. Researchers do not need my help. peace.

  • Obama’s son

    STICK YOUR HEAD UP YOUR A SS.

  • Michelle

    I believe it is supposed to protect the thyroid gland from radiation, Stephanie. Maybe Google will help you with the details? I do remember that Chernobyl radiation victims were given iodine…