With North Korea showing off their big guns and threatening the world with nuclear warfare, it's truly “head in the sand” thinking to deny we could be one bad decision away from a nuclear blast.
A nuclear bomb is one of the most destructive weapon man has ever made. One missile can obliterate a city in seconds with few to no survivors. And if people survive, they'll face a genetic disease that will go on for generations. Those that survive were not lucky, in fact they are miles away from the blast zone. It's just that the spread of nuclear radiation is imminent.
When a bomb is dropped at ground zero, everything at two miles will have a temperature of at least 20 million degrees Fahrenheit. The heat is almost comparable to the inside of the sun. And that is more than enough heat to turn a person into dust in seconds. Everything at ground zero is vaporized.
Four to five miles above ground zero, everything will be leveled. The heat will still be hot enough to vaporize metal. Cars liquefy in seconds and buildings leveled. The effect could go for up to 40 miles away from ground zero.
Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings are an example of how devastating a nuclear attack can be. In August 1945, the United States of America dropped an atom bomb to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The attack killed 129,000 people. This is the only time a nuclear bomb has been used for it's purpose. Let's not hope that this won't happen again.
Back then, in town halls and newspaper interviews, Levin carefully explained there is no known or immediate threat of a nuclear explosion. More recently, the public health officer pointed at the exchange of threats of destruction between President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un as proof of the need for readiness.
A well-known nuclear readiness expert offers the following:
“It gives us a teachable moment,” said Levin, who spoke about preparedness at a January conference near the nation's capital.
If a nuclear bomb the size of those used on Nagasaki and Hiroshima were aimed at Southern California, it might be targeted at the densest population pocket — Los Angeles, Levin said. Nearly all of the people living within nine blocks of the explosion would likely die in the blast.
If the bomb were bigger, as is likely in a North Korea scenario, more would die.
In Ventura County, people might have a narrow window of time, maybe 10 minutes, to find a building for shelter before the risk of fallout became deadly. They should retreat into the nearest biggest building and stay there, Levin said.
Here's Ventura County's “Nuclear Explosion Response Plan” PDF: Click here
The county response plan offers exhausting detail. Wash hair with shampoo only because conditioner may cause radiation to bind into hair. People should bring pets to a shelter and should dust or wash them free of any radioactive particles while wearing a face mask.
Work on the plan started more than a decade ago but Levin's interest dates further back. He started thinking of nuclear preparedness after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, pushed by the promises made by Osama bin Laden to destroy and disrupt American life.
…And here is some additional information you will want to know:
A nuclear blast is an explosion with intense light and heat, a damaging pressure wave, and widespread radioactive material that can contaminate the air, water, and ground surfaces for miles around.
A nuclear device can range from a weapon carried by an intercontinental missile, to a small portable nuclear device transported by an individual. All nuclear devices cause deadly effects when exploded.
Before a Nuclear Blast
The following are things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your property in the event of a nuclear blast.
Keep an Emergency Supply Kit on hand at all times.
Download a free printable >> Essential Gear Checklist
Have a Family Emergency Plan.
Find out from officials if any public buildings in your community have been designated as fallout shelters.
If your community has no designated fallout shelters, make a list of potential shelters near your home, workplace and school, such as basements, subways, tunnels, or the windowless center area of middle floors in a high-rise building.
During periods of heightened threat increase your disaster supplies to be adequate for up to two weeks.
During a Nuclear Blast
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• Listen for official information and follow the instructions provided by emergency response personnel.
• If an attack warning is issued, take cover as quickly as you can, below ground if possible, and stay there until instructed to do otherwise.
• Find the nearest building, preferably built of brick or concrete, and go inside to avoid any radioactive material outside.
• If better shelter, such as a multi-story building or basement can be reached within a few minutes, go there immediately.
• Go as far below ground as possible or in the center of a tall building.
• During the time with the highest radiation levels it is safest to stay inside, sheltered away from the radioactive material outside.
• Radiation levels are extremely dangerous after a nuclear detonation but the levels reduce rapidly.
• Expect to stay inside for at least 24 hours unless told otherwise by authorities.
• When evacuating is in your best interest, you will be instructed to do so. All available methods of communication will be used to provide news and/or instructions.
If you are caught outside and unable to get inside immediately:
• Do not look at the flash or fireball — it can blind you.
• Take cover behind anything that might offer protection.
• Lie flat on the ground and cover your head. If the explosion is some distance away, it could take 30 seconds or more for the blast wave to hit.
• Take shelter as soon as you can, even if you are many miles from ground zero where the attack occurred — radioactive fallout can be carried by the winds for hundreds of miles.
• If you were outside during or after the blast, get clean as soon as possible, to remove radioactive material that may have settled on your body.
• Remove your clothing to keep radioactive material from spreading. Removing the outer layer of clothing can remove up to 90% of radioactive material.
• If practical, place your contaminated clothing in a plastic bag and seal or tie the bag. Place the bag as far away as possible from humans and animals so that the radiation it gives off does not affect others.
• When possible, take a shower with lots of soap and water to help remove radioactive contamination. Do not scrub or scratch the skin.
• Wash your hair with shampoo or soap and water. Do not use conditioner in your hair because it will bind radioactive material to your hair, keeping it from rinsing out easily.
• Gently blow your nose and wipe your eyelids and eyelashes with a clean wet cloth. Gently wipe your ears.
• If you cannot shower, use a wipe or clean wet cloth to wipe your skin that was not covered by clothing.
In case of a nuclear blast, don't panic. It's best to stay at home until more information is made available. Listen to the radio for announcements and carefully follow each instructions.
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The key to survival is to not to take the situation at your own hands, but to trust the people who are knowledgeable at such risk. Unfortunately, in the case of a nuclear attack, the government has the best experts.
As much as I hate to say it, this scenario suggests cooperating with government officials is the best option.
Until next time…
Take care and God bless
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