How to Survive a Nuclear Explosion


Liam Gamache, Staff Writer


Nuclear bombs have been used by multiple nations across the globe since 1945 but as technological and military developments have increased over the years, the threat of a nuclear attack has become even more real. That’s why today I will share with you this guide to surviving a nuclear explosion.


The first step to surviving a nuclear attack is to prepare yourself ahead of time. Most importantly, try to locate possible nuclear shelters in your house, school and/or workplace. Examples of good detonation shelters are basements and centers of large buildings. Vehicles, small buildings and garages will not provide adequate shelter.


 Another important factor in nuclear preparation is having ample food, water, and medical supplies in case of an explosion.  Canned foods and bottled water are essential supplies for surviving a nuclear attack. Also, try to stock up on medical and sanitation supplies such as bandages, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes. This being said, there is no need to go overboard on supply stashing.


Now that you’ve prepared for a nuclear detonation ahead of time, let’s talk about what to do when one actually occurs. As soon as you are warned of the attack, seeking shelter is your first priority. Gather as many supplies and technological devices as you can and get down to the basement or bottom floor of the house. In the case that you do not have access to a basement, it is important to stay as far away from windows and exterior doors as possible. 


If you happen to be outside when the blast occurs, get behind the nearest building or car for cover. If you are in a car or other moving vehicle, park as soon as possible and lie down flat on the floor. When taking cover from the blast, it is important to keep your hands away from your eyes and mouth.


Once you have secured an adequate shelter, it is important to stay tuned to the radio or news for updates on what to do. Also, if 2 or more families are taking shelter in the same building, you should be wearing masks and social distance to reduce spread of radiation sickness.


Surviving the initial blast isn’t the end of the story though, and the first 2 weeks after the explosion are still extremely dangerous. Washing yourself off and removing contaminated clothing is the first step to surviving this 2 week period. Shower thoroughly and remove the first layer of clothing, as it will likely be contaminated with radioactive debris. It is also vital that you wash your pets and wipe your skin with disinfectants. Also, if you sustained any major burns from the heat wave of the explosion, immerse the blisters with cold water and apply vaseline to the area/


Only eat packaged food that has not been exposed to radiation, and avoid foods that have been outside or are perishable. For the first 48 hours, you may not leave your shelter for any reason, and leaving your home within the 2 week period is not advised.


As I mentioned before, once you and your family’s necessities are attended to, staying tuned for further direction from the government is imperative to your survival.