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The Time-Averaging Method

The time-averaging method is used to compare the radiation levels between two or more locations in a bomb shelter when the radiation levels are climbing rapidly and when you have only one survey meter. If only two locations are to be compared and only a few second are needed to get from one location to another, the time-averaging method need ... Read More »

Space in Your Bomb Shelter

Is there going to be enough room for all of the people at this bomb shelter in the locations of best protection? After the locations have been found that appear to provide the best protection, you should talk with the bomb shelter Manager about the problem of having enough room. To answer this question you will need to know two ... Read More »

Restroom and Water Locations in Your Bomb Shelter

Are trips for water or to restrooms going to increase radiation exposure? The RM should note where drinking fountains, water outlets, and restrooms are located throughout the bomb shelter. After fallout has arrived, he or she should check the radiation levels at these locations. Some of them may have to be blocked off until the radiation decays to a safer ... Read More »

Radiation Safety Improvement in Your Bomb Shelter

Can the radiation safety of the bomb shelter be improved with tools, materials, and manpower on hand? As you go through your bomb shelter looking for the places that appear to provide the best shielding from gamma radiation, you should also look for ways to improve the shielding. Look for openings that can be covered up and for places where ... Read More »

Organization of Bomb Shelter Population

The bomb shelter Manager and assistants will supervise the organization of the bomb shelter population into small groups called bomb shelter units. Organization of the bomb shelter population into bomb shelter units, each with its own Unit Leader, is necessary not only for good management but also for keeping a radiation exposure record for each person in the bomb shelter. ... Read More »

Materials for Shielding Your Bomb Shelter

Are materials and tools handy which could be used for putting up improvised shielding after the fallout arrives? You may have improved the radiation safety of the bomb shelter to the best of your judgment and capability, as discussed earlier. But after fallout arrives, you may find with the use of your survey meter that gamma radiation is shining through ... Read More »

Light Sources in Your Bomb Shelter

Are there enough candles, lanterns, flashlights, and other light sources to provide light so you can move around and read the instruments if the power goes out? As mentioned before, electricity may fail in many locations due to a wide-scale nuclear attack. Most of the bomb shelters with the highest FPF’s will also have the least daylight reaching them. If ... Read More »

Getting and Checking Bomb Shelter Instruments

Each county may have a slightly different procedure for getting radiological instruments to the bomb shelters, if they are not there already. In some counties the instruments may be delivered, but in most counties the RM will be expected to pick up the instruments for the bomb shelter. If you are selected to be an RM after you arrive at ... Read More »