If a nuclear bomb were to detonate nearby, it is important to take immediate action to protect yourself and your loved ones. Here are some steps you can take:
- Take cover: If you are outside when a nuclear bomb detonates, seek shelter immediately. This could include a designated fallout shelter, or a basement or underground area. If you are inside, stay indoors and seek shelter in an interior room or basement.
- Stay down: Lie flat on the ground and cover your head with your hands to protect yourself from the blast wave.
- Stay away from windows: Windows can shatter and cause injury, so stay away from them.
- Wait for instructions: Tune into official channels, such as local radio or TV stations, for updates and instructions. Follow evacuation orders if necessary.
- Protect yourself from radiation: Stay inside until you are told it is safe to leave. Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants, and avoid touching or handling contaminated materials.
- Decontaminate: Remove and seal contaminated clothing and personal items, and take a decontamination shower if possible.
It’s important to keep in mind that the chances of a nuclear attack are very low, and it’s not healthy to dwell on such a catastrophic event. However, having a general emergency plan can help you be better prepared for any type of disaster.