Nuclear Fallout Rates

  1. In the US Army we were taught to drop seek shelter at the time of the initial blast/shockwave. Get as far away as you can in the initial 10 to 15 minutes, and then immediately seek shelter before the radiation cloud descends.

  2. To make this practical for most people, how do you improvise an effective shelter in your home so you can be safer? Sand bags?

  3. I have heavy duty shelves in the corner of my basement. The corners will be the best shielded of anything. The general basement area will have a PF of ~10, the corners will be around 10-20. I have cases of water(4ish per shelf, I rotate through) stacked on two of the shelves(a case of water is approximately the halving thickness, or 7.2") and food on the top shelf. All that is currently in place and prepared, I would take all of the items off the bottoms shelves and use them as the shelter area for the first several hours. Given enough time I would move dressers, tables, gardening soil(in bags, I rotate through a dozen bags and some fertilizer every year) directly over the basement. With more time I would get canned goods and stack to the side/on top of the shelter area further. I've also taken advantage of placing gardens around the outside of my house and built them up a bit to level with the main floor.

  4. Houses do a pretty good job of keeping dust out provided the windows, doors and roof are still in place. I would recommend wearing at least a shirt wrapped over your face, or preferably a p100 respirator when outside for the first few weeks. Probably for even longer if you're performing tasks like clearing topsoil for planting or clearing ash off of roofs. In a basement shelter though you don't need to wear a respirator unless you normally have issues with smoke and dust getting in your house.

  5. Yes, too many people seem to perpetually believe that a nuclear attack is an instant death sentence for everyone.

  6. Yes, you're correct, that was a mislabel on the title. The dose rate chart, or exponential decline was what I used to build the total dose chart by integrating over time. I kind of had to guess a bit in compiling that as the DoD info was a bit opaque.

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