Nuclear attacks: What the U.S. says people should do
Image of a mushroom cloud at the ground zero theatre of the Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, on Feb. 11, 2005. (Joe Cavaretta / AP)
Published Friday, September 15, 2017 1:57PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, September 15, 2017 2:34PM EDT
The U.S. government’s Department of Homeland Security has an online guide to preparing for the possibility of a nuclear blast, and what to do during if a missile is approaching or strikes nearby.
Their tips include:
- Make a list of potential fallout shelters near your home, workplace and school, such as basements, subways, tunnels, or the windowless centre area of middle floors in a high-rise building.
- During periods of heightened threat, ensure your disaster supplies are adequate for up to two weeks.
- 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.
- Go as far below ground as possible or in the centre of a tall building.
- Do not look at the flash or fireball - it can blind you.
- 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.
- After a bomb strike, remove your clothing to keep radioactive material from spreading. Removing the outer layer of clothing can remove up to 90 per cent of radioactive material.
- After a bomb strike, if possible, take a shower with lots of soap and water to help remove radioactive contamination. Do not scrub or scratch the skin.
For the full guide, visit www.ready.gov/nuclear-blast
Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security