Friday, January 31, 2014

Where is the best place to hide in case of a Nuclear attack?

So where is the best place to hide in case of a nuclear attack? Hint: it's not in a refrigerator.

In 2010 the EPA released a paper, Planning guidance for response to a nuclear detonation" which includes a lot of useful info for anybody wanting to prepare for nuclear attacks. One particular part stands out though, which is the following info-graphic demonstrating the (relatively) safest places to be during a nuclear detonation:

Some are no-brainers, like the deepest basement in a multi-story building. But others are less intuitive. Of particular interest to me is the fact that you face less exposure on the 3rd or 4th floor of a high-rise than you do on the ground floor. I assumed that the more material above you the, the better. But I suppose all the fallout eventually lands on the ground at the base of the buildings, so being up a couple floors could be substantially better at shielding you from latent radiation. There may be other factors at play as well, but regardless, it is important information to consider when formulating shelter or bug-out plans. Also remember that concrete is better than wood, and in general the more distance between you and the fallout the better.

Download the paper of the entire PDF here:

Other things to consider for Nuclear fallout prepping:
- Potassium iodide pills
- gas mask with filters
- plastic sheeting and duct tape
- air filters
- hazmat suit and overboots
- Geiger counter or other radiation detectors


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