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What To Do In Case of Nuclear Fall-Out

Updated on September 3, 2014

The very first thing you should do in case of a nuclear fall-out is something you should already have done. You should make sure that you have adequate water, food and emergency supplies like you would for any catastrophe. In the case of a nuclear fall-out you want to also make sure that you have a supply of potassium iodine for every member of your family as it will prevent thyroid cancer. You can get potassium iodate at your local health food store. If you can't find the potassium iodate eat kelp or get some kelp capsules, it has potassium iodate in it naturally.

The second thing you should do is to locate the direction that the fall-out is taking. If you can relocate and avoid the fall-out, do so. Find out where the cloud is headed and go in the opposite direction. Make sure you have a good map, enough gas, supplies and a stash of cash. If you are unsure of where the cloud is moving it would be better for you to take shelter somewhere than to be exposed or stuck somewhere outside.

If you are staying put then you need to seek shelter. If you haven't already done so find a map of the local designated fall-out shelters. The best place is a designated fall-out shelter, think old cement block buildings, like capital buildings or old libraries. Remember the Fall-Out Shelter signs from the 1950s?

If you cannot find a fall-out shelter locate a place with the greatest mass between you and the outside, a basement is the first thing that comes to mind or a subway or anything as far under the earth as possible. Even a cave would be better than being outside.

Being OUTSIDE is the worst place you can be when experiencing a nuclear fall-out.

If you cannot locate a shelter or a basement then create a barrier within your home. Seal up the windows and doors of your house first. Take tables or inside doors (off their hinges) and build an enclosed area, fortify it with anything that will create mass, like earth-bags, sandbags, wood, books or anything that will provide mass between you and the outside air. The heavier the better. Just make sure that the enclosure doesn't collapse. Leave a small crawl space that you can close in after you enter.

According to a guide I found on a website when googling “what to do in case of a nuclear fall-out, an effective fallout shelter constructed in a basement may reduce your radiation exposure 100-200 fold. Thus, if the initial radiation intensity outside was 500 R/hr (fatal in one hour), the basement shelter occupants might only experience 5 R/hr or even less, which is survivable, as the radiation intensity will be decreasing with every passing hour. As uncomfortable as a make-shift shelter may be it could be the difference between life and death. Make sure you have all your supplies, food, water, flashlight, radio, a bucket for waste (see my blog on humanure toilets) and enough room for everyone to stay put for a couple of days.

I pray to God that we never experience a nuclear fall-out but with the news of radiation poisoning in Japan and previously in Chernoble and with loved ones who live on the coast of California I think that it is better to be safe than sorry.


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      Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan

      True but better to have good information when and if it does happen then to have it happen and be unprepared.

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      Sheila Lee Brown 6 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Yikes! Good hub, but a bit scary.

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      Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks computer guy...please post in on your facebook and spread it around.

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      computer guy 6 years ago

      Great advice I hope it is advice that we don't have to use. But you are right preparedness is key.

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      Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan

      :), yes Lindatymensky that's why I wrote it.

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      lindatymensky 6 years ago

      You know, I couldn't believe your topic choice...then thought about it for awhile. Yikes, its absolutely timely and revelent what with the mess in Japan..and beyond. Thanks for the information.

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      Emma 6 years ago from Houston TX

      Great information.Thanks.

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      Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan

      Thank you.

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      optimus grimlock 6 years ago

      great hub!

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      Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan

      You can order them from ...look at the top right ad. Or you can try and get them at the Vitamin store..but you might call first because a lot of them have sold out.

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      SUSIE DUZY 6 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      Where can I get iodine pills?

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      Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan

      Can't shoe horses :)

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      Harlan Colt 6 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

      Dear Mom,

      She is smart, good lookin', into cookin', gardening, alternative energy, survival techniques, clean living, fallout shelters, I bet she can shoe horses too...all that mushy stuff.


      another great hub as usual. perfect timing too.

      best always


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      Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan

      I hope we never have to refer to it!

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      Very informative piece of writing.

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      Henrik V Blunck 6 years ago from Kalundborg - Denmark

      Mayan observers will now be gathering iodine for 2012. :-)

      Very instructive hub though.