What will happen on December 21 is unknown. But the most likely end of the world will look like a Third World Nuclear War. Prepare in advance! Everyone will die, but you will remain!
Whether there will be a real End of the World or not, we will know only on December 21st. His scenario is also ambiguous, there are many options, everyone is preparing (if preparing) for the one that he considers the most likely.
And although I personally don’t want to believe that something terrible is waiting for us in just a couple of weeks, no, no, and the thought will flash: why not collect an emergency backpack just in case, in which there will be everything necessary to survive at least a week in the conditions of the apocalypse.
However, many people take this matter much more seriously: they build arks or underground bunkers, which are filled with provisions for the year ahead. This article covers the Doomsday scenario, tentatively titled "Nuclear Holocaust", and contains some useful tips in case you still decide to thoroughly prepare for X-Day. There is still time.
So the Third World Nuclear War began. What should you do?
Step One: Stay Home or Run?
First, you need to evaluate the place where you are at the moment. If it is very far from the suspected center of the explosion, then stay here and go to step two.
And if you already have a well-equipped bunker, why are you even reading this article?!
When the perceived threat is in your immediate vicinity, then you need to run and very quickly. If you have a couple of days left, then plan everything correctly in order to reach a more or less safe place on time. There is nothing worse than being stuck somewhere on the road. Analyze what obstacles can be waiting for you on the way to the chosen place of shelter, and get the route right. This will allow you to hit the road at the right time and accurately calculate the amount of supplies you need on the road.
Step two: food and necessities
Once you've decided on where you're staying, make sure everyone in your group is (you're not saving a life by yourself, are you?) doing their own thing. While someone is busy preparing water and food, someone else has to work on the right housing equipment, etc.
When preparing food, pay attention to those that are already ready to eat: muesli, bars, dried fruits, canned food. You can take something perishable, but not too much.
Preference should be given to products that will be stored for a long time:
- rice, beans, flour, potatoes, pasta, oatmeal and other cereals;
- milk powder;
- frozen vegetable and fruit mixtures, ready-made frozen minced meat;
- sugar and honey;
- vegetable oil and soda;
- bottled water.
Water is the most important thing. Take as much as you can put in your home. There will never be enough water, rather, it is always in short supply.
Now about the essentials. Here the list will be more impressive:
- disposable tableware and paper towels (you understand that you don’t have enough water for washing and washing dishes?)
- a can opener;
- matches, lighters;
- large buckets with lids, garbage bags (you may have to make something like a toilet out of this);
- toilet paper, wet wipes, baby diapers;
- scotch tape (you will definitely need it!);
- a mop, vacuum cleaner, and cleaning products (including regular bleach) to help you deal with home radiation and bacteria in case the virus spreads; flashlights, batteries, radio (to listen to the news);
- alcohol, hand sanitizers and hydrogen peroxide;
- medications you take on a regular basis;
- a first aid kit with basic medicines and first aid supplies;
- fire extinguishers;
- gas masks;
- Geiger counter to determine the level of radiation;
- water filters;
- electric generator;
- weapons (this is in case marauders roam).
The next step is to keep the hideout secure.
Step three: how to equip your shelter properly
As dangerous as radiation is, it decreases over time. A couple of days after a nuclear explosion, radioactive fallout will contain only 1/100 of the initial dose of gamma radiation. However, other types of radiation will be dangerous for a long time to come. And here's what to do:
Stay in the basement. If you have one, this is the best place to hide.
Strengthen the walls that connect your home with the outside world. Put whatever you want: books, cabinets, and other furniture. There should be a practically impenetrable wall between you and the outside world.
Any cracks in the house should be closed. Especially large ones can be pierced with rags or foam rubber, cover them with sealants, seal them with adhesive tape. Leave no chance for radioactive dust to enter your home.
Get out like never before! Vacuum every day! Ten times a day! Before eating, wipe all kitchen utensils, cans of canned food. There should be no dust in the house at all! It absorbs dangerous particles that you will inhale;
If the house has air conditioning, it should be set to recirculation. The air will be fresh and no outside ventilation will be needed.
Step four: what if you were exposed to radiation?
If, despite all the measures taken, you still received a dose of radiation, then you need to do the following:
Run away from this place. If you received radiation in a shelter, because it was partially destroyed by an explosion, or because not all the cracks were closed, then you need to leave it immediately. If a small part of the house has been exposed to radiation, then carefully isolate it from the rest of the space.
Dispose of clothing that has been exposed to radiation. Seal it in a bag, throw it outside the house, burn it eventually.
Wash thoroughly with warm water. Very carefully. Rub the skin until it turns red. You don't want to infect your loved ones, do you?
Take potassium iodide. It will reduce the symptoms of exposure and prevent the absorption of radioactive iodine by the thyroid gland.
And in conclusion…
Nuclear war is not really the worst scenario. Everything will be fine as long as you try not to panic, use your common sense, and stay indoors.
It will be difficult after the main consequences have passed. Life will never be the same: there will be shortages of food and other things, banks, police, medical facilities, firefighters will probably not be active for some time, many will have to change jobs drastically, the value of money will change...
At that time, how you will survive the war in hiding, you need to think about how you will live after, how you will protect yourself and your loved ones, and you will have to stand up for yourself. War is a terrible, crazy event that makes even normal people a little crazy.
Unite with strong and strong-willed people who are close to you, in the same area or even at home. Together you will be able to restore what was destroyed. Time will pass, and everything will get better one way or another, the main thing is not to give up and everything will be fine!