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Do you know How to Survive a Nuclear Attack?

Touching on a subject most people prefer to avoid, the Obama administration is planning to educate the public about dealing with the effects of a nuclear bomb.

 

 

"We have to get past the mental block that says it's too terrible to think about," W. Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency,  told the New York Times. "We have to be ready to deal with it."

 

Martin Hellman, professor emeritus of electrical engineering at Stanford and co-inventor of public key cryptography, who has been focusing on nuclear deterrence for the past 25 years said that a baby born today, with an expected lifetime of 80 years, faces a greater than 50-50 chance that a nuclear weapon attack will occur unless the number of weapons and available weapons-grade material is radically reduced.

 

A nuclear attack would most likely come from a terrorist group. "Al Qaeda is especially notable for its longstanding interest in weapons of useable nuclear material and the requisite expertise that would allow it to develop a yield-producing improvised nuclear device," John Brennan, White House chief counterterrorism adviser, said in April.

 

Crude bombs could be made without classified knowledge, but they would have a higher probability of success if they had someone who knows how to machine uranium for bomb parts, said Matthew Bunn, an associate professor at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and an expert on nuclear proliferation and terrorism. "They don't need an Oppenheimer," he added. J. Robert Oppenheimer was the scientific director of the Manhattan Project that developed the first nuclear weapons.

 

The Department of Homeland Security has published a guide, "Nuclear Detonation Preparedness: Communicating in the Immediate Aftermath," which offers the following advice:

  • Find the nearest building, preferably built of brick or concrete, and go inside to avoid any radioactive material outside.

  • If better shelter, such as a multi-story building or basement can be reached within a few minutes, go there immediately.

  • If you are in a car, find a building for shelter immediately. Cars do not provide adequate protection from radiation from a nuclear detonation.

  • Go to the basement or the center of the middle floors of a multi-story building (for example the center of the 5th floor of a 10-story building or the 10th to 20th floors of a 30-story building).

 

"Shelter in place. That's the single biggest message," L.A. County health director Jonathan Fielding advised.  "That's the best way to save lives and prevent radiation-related illnesses. It runs counter to your basic instinct to get away and reunite with family members. If their kids are in school or in day care, that's where they should stay," he added.

 

Brooke Buddemeier, Certified Health Physicist (Radiation Safety Specialist) in the Global Security directorate of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, studied the impact of nuclear bomb blast in six U.S. cities for the Department of Homeland Security. "You can't outrun a fallout cloud," Buddemeier said in a presentation in Los Angeles, "and fatalities from fallout are 100 percent preventable."

 

An estimated 285,000 people, a mile away and unsheltered from a detonation in Los Angeles, would be sick or die from radiation exposure, Buddemeier said. "Even with a poor shelter, like a wood frame house, you would save 160,000 people from significant exposure," he maintained. "If people were to find shelter in a shallow basement or a multistory apartment or commercial building, 240,000 out of that 285,000 would be saved from significant exposure. If you can get into an underground parking garage or the core of an office building, you'd have no significant exposure at all," he said.

 

Meanwhile, the Obama administration is trying to pass a treaty that would modestly reduce the number of nuclear arms held by Russia and U.S., who control the vast majority of nuclear material. But slowing down nuclear proliferation, and keeping nuclear material out of the hands of terrorists, doesn't appear to be getting any easier.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501465_162-20025919-501465.html

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SavageGrl

Asked by SavageGrl at 6:08 PM on Dec. 17, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Then what do you do after the fallout is everywhere and in the water?
    tasches

    Answer by tasches at 6:12 PM on Dec. 17, 2010

  • My mom and I talked about this when I was in HS. We decided if they ever nuked LA, we were getting lawn chairs and a bottle of tequila and going up on the roof to kiss our respective keisters goodbye, because if the immediate detonation didn't kill us, the resulting fallout, radiation sickness, and lack of access to potable food and water would.
    geminilove

    Answer by geminilove at 6:19 PM on Dec. 17, 2010

  • I'm with you geminilove. I don't want to survive it
    butterflyblue19

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 6:25 PM on Dec. 17, 2010

  • get under a desk and put our hands over our head that's between our legs
    armywife43

    Answer by armywife43 at 6:30 PM on Dec. 17, 2010

  • Hope that it doesn't happen near you and that you are upwind from the fallout cloud!! Otherwise, you're toast.
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 6:32 PM on Dec. 17, 2010

  • I have an old video from the 50's that suggests using Ajax to clean your skin.
    UpSheRises

    Answer by UpSheRises at 6:40 PM on Dec. 17, 2010

  • Meanwhile, the Obama administration is trying to pass a treaty that would modestly reduce the number of nuclear arms held by Russia and U.S., who control the vast majority of nuclear material. But slowing down nuclear proliferation, and keeping nuclear material out of the hands of terrorists, doesn't appear to be getting any easier.
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    Excellent... lets disarm ourselves while we KNOW for a fact that several countries that hate us are arming themselves. You go Mr.President!!
    ::rolling eyes::
    brandyj

    Answer by brandyj at 7:55 PM on Dec. 17, 2010

  • Then what do you do after the fallout is everywhere and in the water?

    Then FEMA steps in and takes us to our nice new camps..um homes. lol
    Astraea_79

    Answer by Astraea_79 at 7:59 PM on Dec. 17, 2010

  • I figure it this way. I live in a target rich area (NC) with all the bases and DC so close. Don't drop the bomb near my house. Just plop it down right in my lap.
    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 8:40 PM on Dec. 17, 2010

  • Unless you are at ground zero or within the blast radius you have a good chance of actually surviving a nuclear blast. Three feet of dirt, less of concrete, will protect your from the worst of the initial fallout even if you are close. Within two weeks the radiation will have dropped to levels that will allow you to go outside for short periods of time. The idea is to avoid those first lethal two weeks, to stay in place rather than risk traveling through the immediate fallout, and to have enough supplies on hand to DO that.

    People at ground zero in Japan survived, without any advance warning, and without any real knowledge about how to protect themselves. I'm sorry, but I do NOT understand why so many people would rather just give up, or why so many people don't have any real clue about what nukes really do. If anyone is actually interested in living try http://www.capt
    Farmlady09

    Answer by Farmlady09 at 8:45 PM on Dec. 17, 2010

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