Surviving a Nuclear Explosion, Part 3
A nuclear explosion is a disaster that comes with horrific aftermaths. The unfortunate truth, however, is that most of us do not have enough information on how we can adequately prepare for it and how to survive thereafter.
If there was a nuclear bomb that went off, it will lead to radioactive material being exposed to the air. A nuclear fallout happens when the radioactive material is spread to the surrounding by the wind. There are many radiation particles that come about after an explosion including the Alpha, Beta, and the Gamma rays. The deadliest is the gamma rays which can be fatal to plants and animals when they are exposed to too much of it.
As a result, there are various important guidelines which people are supposed to follow in case of a nuclear explosion. They are important as they provide one with ways through which they can prepare for the possibility of this unfortunate event and how to ensure their safety and that of their loved ones after the explosion happens.
The essential preparations to be made
The importance of being prepared for such a disaster cannot be over emphasized. It is only by being prepared that you will get to remain safe and alive. One needs to take note of all the dangers that are associated with this catastrophe. That way, you will be able to follow the laid instructions on how to effectively prepare.
Some of the guidelines to ensure your safety and survival include;
· Ensure you have enough stock of food and water
These are some of the most basic requirements for survival. Therefore, you will need to ensure that you have enough food and water that can last you for around four weeks. This is of importance so that you do not have to go outside in search for them. By going outside a few days after the explosion, you will risk being exposed to the radioactive materials.
For food, one should consider stocking non-perishable food as it can last longer. It is recommended that one should have at least a gallon of water for every person.
· Adequate necessities for survival
This would include supplies and equipment which are necessary for survival. Some of these items include enough batteries and battery operated items like flashlights, toilet papers and towels, disposable utensils and cutlery, kerosene and kerosene stoves, plastic bags, thick ropes and a lighter.
· Communication Supplies
During and after an explosion, you might want to have a way to communicate with other people. It is the only way through which you can find out what is going on around where you are. Consequently, you will need to have a battery radio and a two-way radio. That way, you can stay informed on the latest news and updates on the situation.
· Equipment for putting out fires
There is a high likelihood of outbreaks of fire as an aftermath of the explosion. The heat experienced after an explosion can cause a fire to some of the household items. For that reason, you will need to embrace the possibility of a fire. Therefore, it will be necessary to have different kinds of fire extinguishers that can put out a fire caused by different factors.
· Have medical supplies and know how to use them
In case anyone sustains any injuries, it is important to have a first aid kit and get to know how it is used. Knowing how to use the kit will go a long way to help you to attend to such injuries which are common among people who reside near the place where the explosion took place.
Beyond having the first aid kit tool, one will need to have some basic knowledge on how to look after people who are injured. This might include being able to move them from one place to the other, cleaning wounds, caring for infants or people who have been exposed to radioactive material.
For those who take subscription medicine, it is also important to have them if they are needed for your well-being.
· Management of exposure from the radiation particles
Being exposed to the radiation particles can have a lot of adverse effects such as experiencing burns on the skin. As a result, people should check whether they have been exposed to such materials. Should it be discovered that one has been exposed, they need to ensure that the radioactive materials on their body or their clothes are properly removed.
To conclude, it is only by effective preparation that you can be certain of surviving a nuclear explosion. It is, therefore, important to acquire as much information on the subject as possible. Attending training or seminars on preparing for such disasters is also recommended.