There’s a lot of advice out there about building bunkers to withstand radiation and hunkering down in the event of a nuclear war. But there aren’t a lot of simple things a beginning prepper can do to prepare for such a devastating event, leaving many feeling unprepared.
This doesn’t mean that that underground bunker is a bad thing to have for a SHTF situation, such as a nuclear war, but not everyone is capable of just having one of those. With the political environment ripe for such a devastating event, however, it could be beneficial to learn a few simple ways to prepare for a nuclear war.
The first and likely most effective thing you can start today is learning. Research and learn everything you can about what to expect in the aftermath of a nuclear attack and how long you’ll need to prepare for. The more you learn and know, the more likely you are to survive. Don’t expect the government or anyone else to be of any help to you in the event of a nuclear war. This is where learning comes in handy; understand that your life is in your hands and reading every piece of information you can on survival will give you an upper hand. Apply the information you are able to and disregard information that you feel may not be tantamount to your survival.
For those who haven’t done extensive research just yet, here are a few things to get you going.
You’ll want to consider remembering at least some of the foods in the following list. They will help detoxify the body of radiation, which is an effect of being nuked.
Some foods can be incredibly beneficial at removing toxins and radiation from the body to reduce the damages potentially done. But another good option to store is potassium iodide. Potassium iodide has many health benefits to the human body, including removing radiation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website, the supplement consists of that of a salt of stable iodine that can help block radioactive iodine from being absorbed by the thyroid gland and protect it from radiation injury. Your thyroid, which produces hormones that regulate your body’s metabolic rate, heart and digestive function, muscle control, and more, is the part of your body that’s most sensitive to radioactive iodine, the CDC says.
James J. Galligan, Ph.D., a professor of pharmacology and toxicology and director of the neuroscience program at Michigan State University, tells SELF that your thyroid gland can’t tell the difference between potassium iodide and radioactive iodine and will absorb both. However, as Galligan explains, your thyroid only has the capacity to hold so much at once. So if you take potassium iodide, it blocks radioactive iodine that you might be exposed to from entering your thyroid. That’s a crucial point because, if radioactive iodine does build up in your thyroid gland, it can cause thyroid cancer, Galligan says. So it really could help, and maybe a beneficial supplement to have on hand in the event of a nuclear war.
Another item you should consider stocking up on is duct tape. You’ll want to seal up your windows after turning off all air conditioning and heating units to prevent outside radiation from leaking into your home. The Organic Prepper suggests using duct tape and tarps to seal off all windows, doors, and vents. Make sure you understand the process of sealing out radiation and where to hunker down in your home. If you have a basement, that’s best, however, you can still protect yourself using the duct tape and tarps by creating barriers if you do not.
These are a few simple tips that anyone can apply to their daily lives, even those who are just beginning to think of prepping for the possibility of a nuclear war. Political tensions are not cooling and fears can at least be calmed to some extent by preparing yourself and family for an event no one wants to experience. A great resource is The Prepper’s Blueprint by Tess Pennington. This book is an excellent step-by-step disaster guide that will help even those who have not begun to prepare for an apocalyptic event. The Prepper’s Blueprint has even been simplified and divided up in a way to help you make sense of all the preparedness concepts and supply lists provided.