How To Survive a Nuclear Attack

Nuclear Survival Kit

Tom Linden is a nuclear survival expert. He shared a huge amount of knowledge with The Real Survivalists during an interview a few weeks ago. (his interview can be read here) Now he is back with this post all about what you need to have and do to give yourself the best chance to survive a nuclear attack. This is written by Tom himself so enjoy it and learn as much as you can.

What kit do I need?

The kit is really the same as for any natural or man-made disaster. However, you would need to consider some level of protective clothing and a respirator. If you can afford a new NBC suit for each family member each day as well as a new filter for the respirator each day and you have fullers earth, (loads of it) then go down this route. I however have found a better way and it’s also cheaper too.


An NBC suit will not protect you from the effects of radiation at all. It, with the respirator, will stop you from inhaling or ingesting fallout material. The NBC suit is impregnated with charcoal which is designed to protect you from the Biological and chemical weapons that may have been used.
My solution is heavy-duty rubberized/oilskins like sea fishermen wear, combined with inner cotton gloves and a pair of wellies. These can easily be washed and used many times.
A respirator from the building merchants will also do the job, buy the best you can afford and a minimum of two weeks of filters as well.


Nuclear Survival Checklist ‘Before Attack’

1. Know the warning signs
2. Know what action to take at what warning
3. Select a fallout room
4. Block windows and openings in your fallout room
5. Improve the protective factor of your outside walls and the floor above you in your fallout room
6. Construct your inner refuge and provide it with a further protective factor.

Stock up and store in the fallout room the following:
7. Enough water for each occupant for 14 days in sealed containers
8. Enough food for each occupant for 14 days in a cupboard or covered place
9. 2 radios and batteries for same, a mechanical clock and a calendar
10. 2 torches with spare bulbs and batteries
11. Candles and matches or camping lights etc.
12. Warm clothing, plus changes of clothing – hat, gloves, etc.
13. Bedding
14. First aid kit, notebook, and pens/pencils
15. Table and chairs, cutlery, and crockery
16. Improvised toilet
17. Polythene bag/bin liners, strong disinfectant, toilet paper, plastic buckets, and covers
18. Portable stove and fuel
19. Dustbins and lids, one for rubbish one for sanitation waste
20. Put extra water in your bath, basin, sink, etc.
21. Paint your windows white
22. Place fire buckets on each floor
23. Remove all rubbish from upstairs and from around the house
24. Check your fire extinguisher is in working order
25. Take down your curtains and tape up your windows

Points to Remember

26. Fallout is most dangerous within the first 48 hours, so during this time you must stay within your inner refuge
27. Only leave your inner refuge for essential tasks and only then for the shortest time
28. The longer you stay undercover after a fallout warning, the better your chance of survival
29. Listen to your radio, take advice and act on it
30. Use water, food, battery power sparingly, it might have to last longer than you think. Water means life.
31. Use the same water for different purposes
32. Carry out your sanitation arrangements with care
33. Keep all containers closed
34. Keep rubbish and toilet water separate and covered
35. Remember hygiene – Keep Clean

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