5 Things You Should Do During A Nuclear Attack

April 4, 2022

5 Things You Should Do During A Nuclear Attack

People in the 1980s were vaguely aware of the possibility of a nuclear attack, with the Soviets stocking up on warheads and North Korea’s ‘testings’ of nuclear devices and long-range missiles. However, a decade passed, and the threat or worry of a nuclear attack slowly faded into the background. The threat was there, sure. But it wasn’t something people worried about every day since the world was slowly moving away from warfare. 

However, Russia took the initiative to invade Ukraine on the 24th of February, choosing warfare with shells and bloodshed. And to add salt to the wound, any direct help from foreign countries will risk escalation, which could lead to the use of nuclear warfare. With that being said, in this guide, you will learn the five things you should do during a nuclear attack.

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  1. LOOK OUT and FOLLOW Alerts!

In Hawaii, it’s the morning of a lovely Saturday, January 13, 2018. You’re on the beach, and you receive this message:


Don’t be one of those people who, instead of seeking shelter or getting away from the blast zone, they rather walk closer to the beach for a close look. It is not worth risking your life because you think the alert is a drill or a joke. It’s much better to follow the alert and believe it’s real rather than losing your life because you thought it was a joke.

The alert should tell you to get away from the blast zone or seek the nearest shelter. Russian ICBMs only take about 20 minutes to arrive in the United States. Therefore, you have around 15 minutes of retreat time. Make sure that you cover as much ground as you can away from the blast zone. 

  1. Can’t See? Don’t Panic. Do Wait.

If you were looking in the direction of the blast and a 3-mile radius, prepare to have your eyes scorched blind for a few seconds. Your eyesight should return in 1–15 minutes for anyone within a fifty-mile radius. Blindness is one of the reasons to get as far away from the blast zone. It not only increases your chance of living but also increases the chance of you seeking help, and without your sight, that can be difficult.

  1. Survive the Nuclear Fallout

Your current objective is to survive the nuclear fallout, which consists of extreme radiation, debris, and radiation dust falling from the sky for the next few weeks. The rule of thumb is that if a cloud is larger than your thumb, you’re in the radiation zone and have 10–15 minutes to take cover before the fallout hits. Seeking shelter underground or above the ninth floor is the best place.

You might be able to hop in a car and drive upwind/crosswind away from the fallout zone, depending on how the wind is blowing and how rapidly it is blowing. You might be able to outrun it to safety a few hours distant if you’re fortunate.

  1. Stay Indoors 

It’s best to stay indoors for at least 72 hours. You can only scavenge for resources after 48 hours, preferably with something other than your currently contaminated clothes. Stay outside for no longer than 30 minutes. 

  1. Nuclear Fallout: Off Limits

During the Nuclear Fallout, some things are off-limits. These include:

  • Groundwater for the first 72 hours; search for deep-water sources to decrease contamination.
  • Your current clothing, find new ones if you can.
  • Don’t use conditioner when showering since it can bind to radioactive material.
  • Eating food that was left outside since it’s most likely contaminated.
  • Not following authorities.

These are absolute rules and should be followed if you want to survive. With that being said, seeking resources and help should be a priority. The more people you have together, the higher the chance of surviving.


In conclusion, make sure to look out and follow alerts, don’t panic when you realize you’re blind from the initial nuclear explosion and prepare for the nuclear fallout by staying indoors and following the Nuclear fallout: off-limits list.

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