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Things I've learned so far - Part 1
« on: February 26, 2015, 01:11:32 PM »
For those of you so inclined, the NWSS (Nuclear War Survival Skills) Handbook linked in the other topic (or here: ) is a wonderful resource.
I have learned so much!

Here's a bit of what I've learned:
If you see a light brighter than the sun, avert/cover your eyes.  Immediately hide/protect yourself and wait 2 minutes for the light to subside.  During that first 2 minutes, determine the absolute best shelter you and your family can go to within 15 minutes and go there. 

Hopefully you have already prepared an evacuation cache.
Here's the authors list:

EVACUATION CHECKLIST (Includes items for building or improving shelters)

Loading Procedure: Make separate piles for each category (except categories I and 5). Then load
one car with some items from each category, taking as much as can be safely carried and being careful to leave room for all passengers.

Category I. Survival Information: Shelter building and other nuclear survival instructions, maps, all available small battery-powered radios and extra batteries, a fallout meter such as a homemade KFM (see Appendix C), and writing materials.
Category 2. Tools: Shovel, pick, saw (a bow saw is best), ax or hatchet, file, knife, pliers, and any other tools specified in the building instructions for the shelter planned. Also take work gloves.
Category 3. Shelter-Building Materials: Rain proofing materials (plastic, shower curtains, cloth, etc.) as specified in the instructions for the type of shelter planned. Also, unless the
weather is very cold, a homemade shelter-ventilating pump such as a KAP, or the materials to build one (see Appendix B).
Category 4. Water: Small, filled containers plus all available large polyethylene trash
bags, smaller plastic bags and pillow cases, water-purifying material such as Clorox, and a teaspoon for measuring.
Category 5. Peacetime valuables: Money, credit cards, negotiable securities, valuable
jewelry, checkbooks, and the most important documents kept at home.  (Evacuation may be followed not by nuclear war, but by continuing unstable nuclear peace.)
Category 6. Light: Flashlights, candles, materials to improvise cooking-oil lamps (2 clear glass jars of about l-pint size, cooking oil, cotton string for wicks (see Chapter II, Light), kitchen
matches, and a moisture-proof jar for storing matches.
Category 7. Clothing: Cold-weather boots, overshoes, and warm outdoor clothing
(even in summer, since after an attack these would be unobtainable), raincoats and ponchos. Wear
work clothes and work shoes.
Category 8. Sleeping Gear: A compact sleeping bag or two blankets per person.
Category 9. Food: Food for babies (including milk powder, cooking oil, and sugar) has the highest priority.  Compact foods that require no cooking are preferred. Include at least one pound of salt, available vitamins, a can and bottle opener, a knife, and 2 cooking pots with lids (4-qt size preferred). For each person: one cup, bowl, and large spoon. Also, a bucket stove, or minimum materials for making a bucket stove: a metal bucket,10 wire coat hangers, a nail, and a cold
chisel or screwdriver (see Chapter 9, . Food).
Category 10. Sanitation Items: Plastic film or plastic bags in which to collect and
contain excrement; a bucket or plastic container for urine; toilet paper, tampons, diapers, and soap.
Category 11. Medical Items: Aspirin, a first-aid kit, all available antibiotics and disinfectants, special prescription medicines (if essential to a member of the family), potassium iodide (for
protection against radioactive iodine, see Chapter 13), spare eye glasses, and contact lenses.
Category 12. Miscellaneous: Two square yards of mosquito netting or insect screen with which to screen the shelter openings if insects are a problem, insect repellents, a favorite book or

(To take if car space is available):
1. Additional tools.
2. A tent, a small camp stove, and some additional kitchen utensils.

More to follow in part 2

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Re: Things I've learned so far - Part 1
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2015, 10:56:36 PM »
Thanks. Looks like good info.


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Re: Things I've learned so far - Part 1
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2015, 10:12:34 AM »
Thanks, GG.  Great start.  Now that I have a decent vehicle of my own, I am going to stock it with some of the emergency food, water, and supplies we would need so that way they are already at a moment's notice.  Just one or two totes in the back should do.  Then we might have five or so minutes to add to that, so I will have that stuff prepared ahead of time as well.

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Re: Things I've learned so far - Part 1
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2015, 11:14:31 AM »
Thanks for the info greenguy
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