Surviving a nuclear attack

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Here at Tactical Magpie we carry a great range of products for camping, bush craft and survival in case of natural disaster or isolation, but most of our products could also come in pretty handy in times of war, especially in the case of a nuclear or chemical attack by either terrorists or an enemy state.  The most important aspect of survival is being prepared.

Make a plan. If a nuclear attack does happen, it won’t be safe to venture outside for food — you should stay sheltered for at least 48 hours, preferably longer. Having food and medical supplies on-hand can put your mind at-ease, and allow you to focus on other aspects of survival.

Stock up on non-perishable food. Non-perishables can last several years, whether it’s in storage or in sustaining you after an attack. Choose items that contain a lot of carbohydrates, so you get more caloric bang for your buck, and store them in a cool, dry place.

  • White rice
  • Wheat
  • Beans
  • Sugar
  • Honey
  • Oats
  • Pasta
  • Powdered milk
  • Dried fruits and vegetables
  • Build your supply slowly. Every time you go to the grocery store, pick up one or two more items for your food storage. Eventually, you should be able to build up a multi-month supply.
  • Make sure you have a can opener for canned items.
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Store water. Consider keeping a water supply in food-grade plastic containers. Clean the containers with a bleach solution, then fill them with filtered and distilled water.

  • Aim to have one gallon per person per day.
  • For purifying water in the event of an attack, keep basic household bleach and potassium iodide (Lugol’s solution) on-hand.
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Get communication supplies. Being able to stay informed, as well as alerting others to your position, can be vitally valuable. Here’s what you might need:

  • A radio: Try to find one that’s crank- or solar-powered. If you have to go with a battery-operated model, be sure to keep spare batteries on-hand. Consider getting an NOAA weather radio as well — this will broadcast emergency information 24 hours a day.
  • A whistle: You can use this to signal for help.
  • Your cell phone: Cell service may or may not be maintained, but you’ll want to be ready if it is. If you can, find a solar charger for your model.
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Stock up on medical supplies. Having a few medical items available could be the difference between life and death if you’re injured in the attack. You’ll need:

  • A basic first aid kit: You can purchase these pre-packaged, or make one yourself. You’ll need sterile gauze and bandages, antibiotic ointment, latex gloves, scissors, tweezers, a thermometer and a blanket.
  • A first aid instruction booklet: Purchase one from an organization like the Red Cross, or assemble your own with materials you print off from the internet. You should know how to bandage wounds, administer CPR, treat shock, and treat burns.
  • Prescription medications or supplies: If you take a specific medication every day, try to make sure you have a small emergency supply built-up.
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Get other miscellaneous items. Round out your emergency preparedness kit with the following:

  • A flashlight and batteries
  • Dust masks
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape
  • Garbage bags, plastic ties and wet wipes for personal sanitation
  • A wrench and pliers, to shut off utilities such as gas and water
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