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Posted on 08/24/2006 4:37:54 PM PDT by shanec
The good news about nuclear destruction
By Shane Connor
What possible good news could there ever be about nuclear destruction coming to America, whether it is dirty bombs, terrorist nukes or ICBMs from afar?
In a word, they are all survivable for the vast majority of American families, if they know what to do beforehand and have made even the most modest preparations.
Tragically, though, most Americans today won't give much credence to this good news, much less seek out such vital life-saving instruction, as they have been jaded by our culture's pervasive myths of nuclear un-survivability.
Most people think that if nukes go off, then everybody is going to die, or will wish they had. That's why you hear such absurd comments as: "If it happens, I hope I'm at ground zero and go quickly."
This defeatist attitude was born as the disarmament movement ridiculed any alternatives to their agenda. The sound Civil Defense strategies of the '60s have been derided as being largely ineffective, or at worst a cruel joke. With the supposed end of the Cold War in the '80s, most Americans neither saw a need to prepare, nor believed that preparation would do any good. Today, with growing prospects of nuclear terrorism, we see emerging among the public either paralyzing fear or irrational denial. People can no longer envision effective preparations for surviving a nuclear attack.
In fact, though, the biggest surprise for most Americans, if nukes are really unleashed, is that they will still be here!
Most will survive the initial blasts because they won't be close enough to any "ground zero," and that is very good news. Unfortunately, few people will be prepared to survive the coming radioactive fallout, which will eventually kill many times more than the blast. However, there is still more good news: Well over 90 percent of the potential casualties from fallout can be avoided if the public is pre-trained through an aggressive national Civil Defense educational program. Simple measures taken immediately after a nuclear blast, by a trained public, can prevent agonizing death and injury from radiation.
The National Planning Scenario No. 1, an originally confidential internal 2004 study by the Department of Homeland Security, demonstrated the above survival odds when they examined the effects of a terrorist nuke going off in Washington, D.C. They discovered that a 10 kiloton nuke, about two-thirds the size of the Hiroshima bomb, detonated at ground level, would result in about 15,000 immediate deaths and another 15,000 casualties from the initial blast, thermal flash and radiation release. As horrific as that is, the surprising revelation here is that over 99 percent of the residents in the D.C. area will have just witnessed and survived their first nuclear explosion. Clearly, the good news is most people will survive the initial blast.
The study also determined that another 250,000 people would soon be at risk from lethal doses of radiation from the fallout drifting downwind toward them after the blast. These much larger casualty numbers are avoidable, and that's more good news, but only for those pre-trained by a Civil Defense program in what to do before it arrives.
Another study, released this month by the Rand Corporation, looked at a terrorist 10-kiloton nuke arriving in a cargo container and being exploded in the Port of Long Beach, Calif. Over 150,000 people were estimated to be at risk downwind from fallout, again, many more than from the initial blast itself.
Today, lacking any meaningful Civil Defense program, millions of American families continue to be at risk and could perish needlessly for lack of essential knowledge that used to be taught at the grade school level.
The public urgently needs to be instructed in Civil Defense basics, like the good news that thousands can be saved employing the old "Duck and Cover" tactic, without which most people will instead run to the nearest window to see what the big flash was just in time to be shredded by the glass imploding inward from the shock wave. They need to know when promptly evacuating, doing so perpendicular to the coming downwind drift of the fallout would be their best strategy. They must also be taught how to effectively shelter in place for a brief time while the radioactive fallout loses 90 percent of it's lethal intensity in the first seven hours and 99 percent of it in two days. For those requiring sheltering from fallout, the majority would only need a couple or three days of hunkering down, not weeks on end.
This good news is within easy grasp of most people because an effective improvised family fallout shelter can be put together at home both cheaply and quickly, but only if the public is trained beforehand, as was begun in the '60s with our national Civil Defense program.
Unfortunately, our government today is doing little to promote nuclear preparedness and Civil Defense instruction among the general public. Regrettably, most of our officials, like the public, are still captive to the same illusions that training and preparation are ineffective against a nuclear threat.
Department of Homeland Security head Michael Chertoff demonstrated this attitude last year when he responded to the following question in USA Today:
Q: In the last four years, the most horrific scenario a nuclear attack may be the least discussed. If there were to be a nuclear attack tomorrow by terrorists on an American city, how would it be handled?
A: In the area of a nuclear bomb, it's prevention, prevention, prevention. If a nuclear bomb goes off, you are not going to be able to protect against it. There's no city strong enough infrastructure-wise to withstand such a hit. No matter how you approach it, there'd be a huge loss of life.
Mr. Chertoff fails to grasp that most of that "huge loss of life" is preventable if the survivors of the blast and those downwind knew what to do beforehand. He only acknowledges that the infrastructure will be severely compromised responders won't be responding. Civil Defense training of the public is clearly the only hope for those in the fallout path. Of course, the government should try and prevent it happening first, but the answer he should have given to that question is: "preparation, preparation, preparation" for when prevention might fail.
The federal government must launch a national mass media, business-supported and even school-based effort, superseding our most ambitious public awareness campaigns like for AIDS, drug abuse, drunk driving, seat belts, anti-smoking and smoke detectors. The effort should percolate down to every level of our society. Let's be clear we are talking about the potential to save, or lose, many times more lives than those saved by all these other noble efforts combined!
Instead, Homeland Security continues to be focused primarily on two missions:
2. COG Continuity of Government for when No. 1 fails
The most important mission has been largely ignored:
3. Continuity of the Public proven mass media Civil Defense training of the public that would make the survival difference for the vast majority of Americans affected by a nuclear event.
This tragic and deadly oversight won't change until the crippling myths of nuclear un-survivability are banished by the good news that a trained and prepared public can, and ultimately has to, save themselves.
National Civil Defense is an issue we hope and pray will come to the forefront politically this fall, with both parties vying to outdo each other in proposing aggressive Civil Defense educational programs. We are not asking billions for provisioned public fallout shelters for all, like what already awaits many of our politicians. We are just asking for a comprehensive mass media, business- and school-based re-release of the proven practical strategies of Civil Defense education, similar to what already has been embraced by the Chinese, Russians, Swiss, Israelis and even Singapore.
In the meantime, though, don't wait around for the government to instruct and prepare your own family and community. Educate yourself today and begin establishing your own nuclear survival preparations by reading the free nuke prep primer "What To Do If A Nuclear Disaster Is Imminent!"
Then pass copies on to friends, neighbors, relatives, churches and even local news media and to your local elected representatives with a brief note attached saying simply: "We hope/pray we never need this, but just in case, read it now, and keep it close for later on!" You might also forward them a copy of this article to help spread the good news that's liberating American's from the deadly myths of nuclear un-survivability!
Shane Connor is the CEO of www.ki4u.com and www.nukalert.com, consultants and developers of Civil Defense solutions to government, military, private organizations and individual families.
I'm going to your booklet now.
You will have probably saved my kids. Bless you.
There's a lot of horses and cattle around where I live too. No way to protect them from fallout. I prefer prevention. Missile defense, border enforcement and a really rigorous terrorist profiling program at all points of entry. And, if necessary, torture captured terrorists to find out their plans. One nuclear detonation inside the US would be so much worse than anybody can imagine, stopping it is worth whatever it takes to get the job done.
"This defeatist attitude was born as the disarmament movement ridiculed any alternatives to their agenda. The sound Civil Defense strategies of the '60s have been derided as being largely ineffective, or at worst a cruel joke. With the supposed end of the Cold War in the '80s, most Americans neither saw a need to prepare, nor believed that preparation would do any good."
I have a small collection of civil defense literature.
The 1960 material is written as from one adult to another, it is direct, efficient, and effective.
The 1980 material is simple, non informative gibberish that talks down to the reader and gives almost no practical information.
NEEDS MORE COWBELL!!!
Unfortunately, there is a critical lack of education on such an event.
I've studied this topic ad naseum in the last six years. The number two problem, after casualties, will be the resultant panic which will ensue because of lack of education.
If anyone is interested in founding a national civilian education and civil defense leadership organization, please contact me to brainstorm some ideas. I have a few positive key ideas which can be put into practice both before and after the worst case scenario.
It's true. It would take a long time to recover, but the people would be able to if they want to.
Gee, all that good news in one article.
I am simply overcome.
Would that include my crank radio?
can you scan the 1960's material to .doc or .pdf?
I have an old army medical nuclear injury triage manual. That is the real deal. Basically, if you get sick quickly or immediately you are a goner. If you slowly get sick over three days you will recover.
Some suggestions on keeping your Livestock, Farm, Crops & Land Safe from Fallout are here...
You mean we can survive? How comew the President didn't tell us?
It's all Bush's fault.
Not entirely; read the guide, it refers to how to protect your radios. Concerning your financial accounts: "Will records of savings and investments disappear?" You bet! Keep hard copies of all your current important documents, which will make recovering your records by the banks, etc. easier. BTW don't expect your insurance to cover any damage or other casualty losses you may incur. (Act of war, terrorism clauses)
Best single nuke prep book, IMO, is "Nuclear War Survival Skills" published originally by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Free on-line copy is here...
There was a site that showed the blast radius of various bombs. Assuming that most terror nukes probably wouldn't go higher than 10kt ground blasts, most any large city would not be totally "destroyed".
Experts in this stuff know that terrorists and rouge nations would go for financial centers and symbolic targets, like the WH and Wall Street. 5 or 6 well placed nukes going off at once would probably bring a nation to its knees economically, followed shortly by the entire developed world. This is the nightmare scenario that terrorists want to carry out. Urban civilization as we know it would be at risk. Just as other civilizations have been attacked and crumbled in the face of new military technology and internal strife, so ours would be under threat in the wake of such an attack, as remaining cities were evacuated or abandoned and political and economic structures reorganized themselves or completely collapsed.
However, by demonstrating fortitude, determination and creativity in attacking organized terror worldwide, this is an entirely avoidable outcome. Attacking finances, organizations and worldwide political support structures as we are now is the only effective way.
Any military expert would say that a good offence is the best defense against this type of aggression, since there are simply too many ways to breech the walls of any given security structure with compact weapons and abundant targets.
GW gets briefed on the likelyhood of this type of attack regularly and this scenario drives much of US policy at the moment, like it or not.
The following four drawings show what level of blast damage (at different psi overpressure) and fire ignition from the thermal pulse might be expected for different strength nuclear explosions (both ground and air bursts) at different distances from ground zero. Take note of the damage range distances from GZ - ground zero. (Courtesy of Nuclear Attack Environment Handbook, FEMA - August, 1990)
Obviously, the bigger the weapon yield the larger the area of overpressure damage from the blast wave. But, notice that the damage range does not increase in a linear fashion with the more powerful explosions. For instance, comparing the 200 KT air burst with the five times more powerful 1 MT air burst, the range of moderate damage and initial fires increased from only 4.3 miles to 7.3 miles. This is because the reach of blast and fire effects varies as the cube root of the weapon yield ratio and the cube root of 5 is 1.71. So, instead of a five-fold increase or 500% we have only about a 70% increase in this comparison.
A readily portable terrorist nuclear bomb would likely be only a fraction as powerful as the examples above, but for reference, the Hiroshima nuclear bomb was only a 15KT air burst. (The RA-115 backpack nukes reported missing from Russian stockpiles are one kiloton yield each, and they would most likely be surface exploded.)
When people asked him what we could do about the bomb, Brother Dave Gardner used to say, "Don't make no difference.... as long as you can say, "What was that?"
'Would that include my crank radio?',p.
Timely question. Just about two hours ago my spouse presented me with this really cool crank radio.
Shane C ,, Thanks for posting this here. It will get a lot of exposure at this time of day.
Thanks for the timely post.
The keys to survival, shelter, food, water, firearms and ammo. Iodine tablets could spare you from radiation sickness. Forget about life as it was pre blast. it will be every man for himself. Every day that relief aid fails to come, people will get more desperate. They will KILL for your food and water. Anarchy will prevail so it is imparitive that you stay put and not travel. Do not place yourself in a position where you may have to share your provisions with neighbors or friends.
As for any disaster drill, people should know by now that FEMA will not come running to save you. You will have to save yourself. And the best plan to save yourself is lay low, be prepared to shoot intruders dead, and protect your provisions.
Nuclear winter will offset global warming!
"I have an old army medical nuclear injury triage manual. That is the real deal. Basically, if you get sick quickly or immediately you are a goner. If you slowly get sick over three days you will recover."
I love that kind of real world usable guideline for the layman.
It is annoying to continually find modern survival info that consists of non-committal info you would tell your 7 year old daughter, like make sure you have fresh batteries, and write down the number of the Red Cross, and keep some blankets, if the nuclear blast is close by, tell someone in authority, etc.
I googled "1961 civil defense pamphlet" with out quotes, and found a lot of interesting stuff.
This site had an 8 page pamhlet from (I think) 1955.
Anything solid-state, i.e. transister, integrated circuit, etc.,(probably the crank radio) is toast from the EMP.
Tube-type radios and TV's would work, but require lotsa electricity. .............FRegards
Also found here:
http://www.oism.org/nwss/ updated in 1987
and from our 'friends overseas - http://www.yespakistan.com/nuke/11steps.asp
enjoy, it makes for interesting reading on a clod winter night. Try not to have too many nightmares.
Here is an excellent one fron January 1951, I think it takes that adult tone we mentioned.
""If you slowly get sick over three days you will recover ..." to die of cancer in a year or three. Chernobyl anyone?"
Remember that was a military booklet which means the emphasis is on your ability to fight after the event.
For troops in the field the standard for what is considered survival is different than for a civilian, many of us here remember what it was like to be a NATO troop in the Cold war, the purpose was to slow the assault while dying in place, hoping enough ships and aircraft would survive the crossing in time to save the remains of Western Europe.
The 60s civil defense programs WERE an ineffective joke against the threat (a full strike from the Soviet nuclear arsenal) faced at the time. That doesn't mean that there's no point in trying to come up with a plan that would reduce the damage if some al-Kookba cell manages to cobble up a homebrew WMD.
By yielding to the temptation to settle an old grudge with a hearty nyah-nyah, the author severely weakens his case.
(Here's a graphic I "borrowed" from a very good website.)
Not all nuclear blasts generate EMP. A ground-based terrorist bomb will generate little if any EMP. It takes a high-altitude burst to generate strong EMP.
The KI or KIO3 is protective ONLY against radioactive iodine, but that's one of the most dangerous components of fallout. It gets absorbed by the thyroid gland. Saturating your body with non-radioactive iodine beforehand protects you.
The rest of what you wrote sounded reasonable to me, but the above quote seems wrong to me. Iodine tablets have a very localized affect - reducing the amount of radioactive iodine that gets to your thyroid gland, so reducing your chances of thyroid cancer years later. The other 99.99% of your body gets zilch, zip, zero, nada protection from the iodine. Your short term risks of radiation sickness or resulting death are unaffected by the iodine.
I should probably keep my mouth shut because everybody needs a reason to try to survive, and most people will survive the initial attack. However, if youre within a short distance of a large body of water like Chicago and Lake Michigan or cities around the Gulf of Mexico (or New York or LA), you can forget it.
The terrorists dont need to place a bomb on the top of the Sears Tower (which is well guarded), but instead place it on the bottom of the lake (or Gulf or whatever) which cant be guarded. Draining the lake (or whatever) insures a much higher kill ratio than a ground or air burst and bomb shelters only make it convenient to find the bodies once the water recedes.
Citizens of Chicago, LA, New York, go ahead and vote for appeasers, it takes about 4-5 minutes to drown, you can repent your sins during that time.
If anybody thinks that Im giving the enemy ideas, my dad (a certified nuclear shelter inspector) told me about this in the early 60s. Thats the reason our family never lived near a large body of water.
When I talk to people about this subject they invariably ask me what provisions that I have to survive. I tell them that I have a good battle rifle. They always say that thats nice but what will I eat? I just ask them what do you have? It takes a minute or two, but you can tell when they understand.