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Long Term Food Storage

It isn’t difficult to imagine circumstances in which a few days of non-perishable food storage would be valuable: you want to be prepared for natural disasters such as floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes, but also for the possibility of terrorism or the devastating effects of warfare. A solid long-term cache of food is one of the first steps to being ... Read More »

Underground Bomb Shelter FAQ

What is an underground bomb shelter? An underground bomb shelter is a sheltered room beneath at least 3 feet of soil, the sole purpose of which is to provide maximum protection from nuclear attack, including the blast wave and subsequent radioactive fallout. Where should my underground bomb shelter be placed? Your shelter should be placed where it is quickly accessible. ... Read More »

Stocking Your Bombshelter – Nuclear Emergency Kit

Families who choose to be prepared for whatever life throws at them will already have a disaster supply kit easy accessible in their home (if you don’t, check out this article for tips on how to get started). We can’t predict what the future holds, so wouldn’t it be prudent to take your preparedness a step further? A Nuclear Emergency ... Read More »


What is a Radiological Dispersion Device? Terrorist use of an RDD—often called “dirty nuke” or “dirty bomb”—is considered far more likely than use of a nuclear explosive device. An RDD combines a conventional explosive device—such as a bomb—with radioactive material. It is designed to scatter dangerous and sub-lethal amounts of radioactive material over a general area. Such RDDs appeal to ... Read More »

Nuclear Blast FAQ

What is a nuclear explosion? A nuclear blast is an explosion with intense light and heat, a damaging pressure wave, and widespread radioactive material that can contaminate the air, water, and ground surfaces for miles around. A nuclear device can range from a weapon carried by an intercontinental missile to a small portable nuclear device. All nuclear devices cause deadly ... Read More »

Understanding Radiation

What is radiation, you ask? Radiation in physics is the process of emitting energy in the form of waves or particles. Various types of radiation may be distinguished, depending on the properties of the emitted energy/matter, the type of the emission source, properties and purposes of the emission, etc. When used by the general public, the word “radiation” commonly refers ... Read More »

Leaving the Bomb Shelter

When the exposure rates outside the bomb shelter are known, use the Permissible Activities Table (below) as a general guide for permissible activities. Table – General Guide for Permissible Activities Outside the bomb shelter If the outside exposure rate (R/hr) is: Permissible Activities: More than 100 Outdoor activity may result in sickness or death. Occasions which might call for outside ... Read More »

U.S. Unprepared for Dirty Bomb

Congressional report: Nation lacks labs to test for contamination after blast The Associated Press Updated: 5:56 p.m. ET Oct 25, 2007 WASHINGTON – The U.S. has a shortage of laboratories to test the thousands of people who might be exposed to radiation if a “dirty bomb” detonated in a major city, according to a congressional report released Thursday. If a ... Read More »

Understanding Radiation: Types of Nuclear Explosions

The immediate phenomena associated with a nuclear explosion, as well as the effects of shock and blast and of thermal and nuclear radiations, vary with the location of the point of burst in relation to the surface of the earth. For descriptive purposes five types of burst are distinguished, although many variations and intermediate situations can arise in practice. The ... Read More »

Understanding Radiation: Sources of Radiation

Blast and thermal effects occur to some extent in all types of explosions, whether conventional or nuclear. The release of ionizing radiation, however, is a phenomenon unique to nuclear explosions and is an additional casualty producing mechanism superimposed on blast and thermal effects. This radiation is basically of two kinds, electromagnetic and particulate, and is emitted not only at the ... Read More »