We’re ALLL gonna DIE!
Just kidding. Everything is going to be okay.
But just in case it isn’t, here are the TOP 5 items you need at home for emergency preparedness.
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First of all, you need not worry. I don’t believe a nuclear attack is imminent. I have faith in the US Military to protect us the best that they can. However, I’m preparing for the worst while hoping for the best.
Full disclosure: I am not a scientist, or a doctor, or a specialist of any kind. This article is for information purposes only.
Potassium iodide tablets: these tablets flood your thyroid with iodine to prevent the uptake of radiation. They won’t help much if you’ve already been exposed to nuclear fallout, but they will help if you are properly sheltered. These are flying off the shelves at no less than double the normal price right now. No telling how long this link will work.
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Plastic sheeting on a roll: to cover windows, doors, and air vents. Can also be used as body covering if you have no choice but to head outside. You need to make sure the plastic is at least 6mil thickness. Thinner plastic will tear.
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N95 Masks– to filter out fallout particles in the air. N95 Masks are the standard recommended mask for almost all types of uses. They filter out 95% of particles 0.3 microns or larger. These masks are designed to protect you from disease particles, not fallout. However, N95 is far better than covering your face with a cloth.
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Water storage/Food storage- for obvious reasons. For water, you need at least one gallon per person, per day for the duration of a crisis. A minimum of a two-week supply. For a family of four, you need 56 gallons of water for 2 weeks. For more about water storage, click here.
Food storage for a regular, short term crisis is simple. Just stock your pantry with an extra two weeks of non-perishable foods. Canned foods, rice, beans, pasta, oatmeal, pancake mix, and anything your family would normally eat where the instructions are “just add water and heat”.
BUT, make sure you have a way to cook without electricity. Keep in mind, you need ventilation to cook with gas, including propane. If you can’t go outside, and air quality/ventilation is extremely important, it may be best to store foods that don’t need to be cooked. You can’t exactly go outside and fire up the grill in nuclear fallout, and you can’t cook with gas inside. Think about how you would boil water if you don’t have electricity and you can’t go outside.
This is why MRE’s are popular. MRE means “Meal Ready to Eat”. It self-heats the food, doesn’t require water, and shelf life is 5 years or more.
Get yours here—> US Army Surplus MREs
Air pump and filtering- you still need to breathe, you just need to filter out the particles in the air first. Breathing in outside air in nuclear fallout is bad, but suffocating and carbon monoxide poisoning is far worse. The idea is to only allow air in through the filter, not through the doors, windows, and air conditioning vents. You’ll need to do some additional research for this item because it is not commercially available for regular home use. Fallout air filters are commonly custom made for fallout shelters.
For more information about nuclear fallout, here’s a Wikipedia article to get you started.
Good luck everyone! I hope you never, ever, need any of this!