How would you react to a nuclear attack on your country?
Your worst fears may have come to life; the Earth’s very future might appear unsure.
Fret not: Our government will fireman’s-carry you into tomorrow.
Courtesy of Ready.gov/nuclear-explosion, Uncle Sam gives guidance on exactly what to do in the event of a nuclear nightmare.
The detonation of a fusion-based weapon, the site points out, “can cause significant damage and casualties from blast, heat, and radiation.”
Still, “You can keep your family safe by knowing what to do…”
So listen up — your very survival depends on it.
Recognize the danger immediately
- Nuclear weapons are devices that use nuclear reactions to produce an explosion.
- A nuclear device can be anything from a portable, small-sized item carried by an individual to a large weapon that is carried on a missile.
- It is possible for a nuclear explosion to occur without warning or with very little notice.
“Fallout,” you should know, “is most dangerous in the first few hours after the detonation when it is giving off the highest levels of radiation.”
Fallout takes some time to reach ground level. This is often longer than 15 minutes in areas that are not immediately damaged by blasts. It takes this time that you can avoid radiation exposure. [some simple steps].
Keep your eyes on the prize:
- To avoid exposure to radiation, get inside the closest building.
- Take out contaminated clothes and wash or wipe clean unprotected skin.
- You should remain inside your home for 24 hours, unless the local authorities offer you alternative instructions.
- Family members should be able to stay in the same place they’re at home.
But don’t lose your sense of scale: Sure — your world may have just been unfathomably obliterated; all of existence might be hanging by a thread.
Even so, there’s no excuse for myopia.
There are many other life-or death matters.
After a cataclysmic attack by missiles, the Biden Administration asks you to be vigilant against COVID-19.
You may be in for a nuclear winter, but don’t forget that’s cold season.
“If you are sick or injured,” the manual makes clear, “listen for instructions on how and where to get medical attention when authorities tell you it is safe to exit.”
And if you’re “experiencing a medical emergency,” by all means call 9-1-1.
If you think or have COVID-19, let the operator know. Put on a mask as soon as you are able to.
It’s an annoying situation — you’re already scared to absolute death of the virus, and then the peskiness of atomic annihilation buzzes ’round your N-95’d head:
Know that it’s normal to feel anxious or stressed. Talk to someone about any anxiety or distress you may be feeling. People might already be anxious about the coronavirus 2019, COVID-19. Additional stress can be added by the threat of nuclear blasts. Follow CDC guidance for managing stress during a traumatic event and managing stress during COVID-19.
This is the place we’re at. These are our priorities and sensibilities for the day.
To someone somewhere in our massive bureaucracy, it made sense that somehow, the anxiety from a nuclear attack might be matched — if not exceeded — by concern over the coronavirus.
As a reminder, America’s COVID-19 survivability — before any vaccine was available — measured thusly:
- 0-19 years: 99.99997
- 20-49 years: 99.9998
- 50-69 years: 99.995
- 70+ years: 99.946
What’s the mortality rate if a foreign entity tries to blow us to smithereens?
There’s at least a possibility select Americans might take nuclear atrocity as a bit of a pandemic-dwarfer.
You may not be able to take it any worse. SARS-CoV-2 plus another plague could be the cause.All Fears are One wasn’t bad enough, because it’s nuclear, keep in mind our alleged third threat.
The mushroom cloud of white supremacy is a warning:
Students Fight Racism in Nuclear Science’s Redneck Realm
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