Tuesday, October 04, 2005

How to increase your chances of surviving a nuclear blast

Today I downloaded a Department of Homeland Security threat rating widget. Seeing that today is a "yellow" day, I immediately visited www.ready.gov.


Have you ever seen the 1951 Civil Defense film Duck and Cover? It's the educational film starring Bert the Turtle (who is actually a tortoise) that taught schoolchildren how to survive a nuclear blast. Namely, by ducking and covering.

Besides the fact that he's animated, there is one big difference between the usual human being and good ol' Bert: Bert has a shell impervious to intense heat, deadly radiation, and firestorms. Humans don't.

The Cold War is over. But once again America is threatened with nuclear bombs. Realizing their previous tortoise-oriented campaign was misleading, the government has taken the time to provide more accurate and thorough information about the nature of nuclear bombs and other Weapons of Mass Destruction and safety precautions.

If you value your life, you should download and read the Visual Guide - Nuclear Blast. (For my illiterate friends who are reading this, there are accompanying self-explanatory graphics.)

They don't address just the nuclear threat; the DHS has material for chemical and biological weapons, natural disasters, and explosions. Check out this list of symptoms that may indicate you or a loved one is suffering the effects of a biological weapon. This list includes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, earache, cough, loss of appetite, and decreases of activity.

Be sure to check out the FAQ. It addressed a few topics I had been wondering about.

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