How to Survive When a Nuke Is Dropped


Good Day, ReadyNutrition Reader, and welcome to a field first aid installment of a different kind.  We have not really addressed the issue of a nuclear war and we’re going to break this one down into two parts.  This first part is going to cover the basics of nuclear weapons preparedness and your initial steps to follow when a nuclear device has been detonated near to you.  Obviously if you are at ground zero or within a mile or two you may not be able to do these things, as you’re probably a casualty.

The second part is going to tell you about some sites and reference materials, as well as some equipment to use to prepare you for a potential nuclear war or nuclear exchange.  There is no guarantee when something of this magnitude occurs; however, perhaps some of these tips and instructions may help to give you a fighting chance where without them you may be in trouble.

The first thing that you would probably notice is a brilliant flash of light with the intensity of the sun.  Chances are if you see this and the sun is already up, you are witnessing a nuclear warhead detonating in your area.  In the event that this happens with no warning, here are your initial actions:

React to Nuke With No Warning 

  1. Close your eyes as quickly as possible and avert your face from it.
  1. Go to the ground and assume the prone position with your body, facing the direction of the blast.
  1. Keep your head and face down (pressing it to the ground/earth).
  1. Remain in the prone position until the blast wave from the detonation passes over you and all debris has stopped falling around you.
  1. When all is clear, check for any other members of your family who may be hurt and assess the overall damages, preparing to leave the area for a sheltered position.

React to Nuke With Limited/Short Warning

  1. Find the best possible shelter available in the short space of time allotted to you. This can take the form of a ditch, culvert, or any building (abandoned or otherwise):  Reinforced concrete/masonry (brick, stone) are optimal.  Try to steer clear of any structure that has a large amount of combustible materials nearby (such as a gas station, or a propane refilling station).
  2. Take protective actions (as outlined above) when you are in the shelter
  3. If you are in a vehicle, relocate to a building or structure if possible as soon as you can
  4. Protect your eyes (as outlined above)

You will want to stay within the shelter (if there is no way out of the immediate area).  Should you have viable transportation that works, then get out of there if you can move to an area even farther away from the nuclear blast.  These are your immediate actions to take in the event of an attack with no warning or an attack where there is very limited warning and almost no time to take such measures.

If you are unable to leave the immediate area for a better, safer, and more distant location, you must batten down the hatches and be ready to remain in place for a minimum of two weeks!  A ground burst detonation will suck all the dust and debris up into the mushroom cloud and then begin “depositing” it within the first 24 hours in the form of Alpha particles.  These particles (the debris they attach to) are highly visible and will kill you more dead than the dinosaurs…if you make direct contact with it or inhale it.

The really bad stuff will then follow it in succession.  It will be deadly to leave your shelter for any period of time until about two weeks later, when the Rads will have dropped to less than 1-2 an hour.  The next installment we will cover the radiation dosages that you need to be aware of, as well as protective measures (preventative, and post-attack) you can take to safeguard yourselves from the insidious threat of radiation.

There are also drills that you can execute, either individually or as a family to plan for such a thing.  As the leader of your group, you can find an area nearby to where you live with areas such as ditches, culverts, gullies, and possibly an abandoned building or a cave.  Take your group (wife and kids) there and then call a drill.  Use a flash bulb on a camera and simulate the drill.  Tell the family there will be a nuclear detonation within 2 minutes and have them react.

This is good training, provided it is “snap” and they are unprepared for it.  Do this fairly regularly.  These drills will train them to use their eyes and senses to find shelter, and help them to discern between what is and what is not adequate cover and protection.  Such activities will enable them to better “think on their feet” and off the cusp.  This will add elements of realism and help them to develop their deliberate decision-making processes.

We all hope that something such as this will never occur.  Keep in mind, however, that we live in a very precarious and unstable time where governments will stop at nothing to preserve themselves (or rather, their leaders will stop at nothing to ensure their positions of wealth and power).  Do not leave anything to chance.  Have a set protocol for you and your family to follow in the event that the world goes mad.  Stay tuned for the next article to follow that will provide you with resources and information to help with your plans.



Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

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Originally published August 28th, 2015
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  • Val Valerian

    If a ‘nuke’ drops … why would anyone want to be in the body any more and be in ‘survival’ mode, when you have the opportunity to leave and go elsewhere, instead of remaining on ‘planet stupid’? If a ‘nuke’ drops, run toward it … you will be out of the body and somewhere else much more interesting in a flash,.

    • Kula Farmer

      Im with you on this i want it to land on my head!

  • Sue Corbin

    From some other readings, I heard that the blast wave will go OUT from the source and then RETURN. Is this true? If so, shouldn’t we remain on the ground until the return wave passes? After all, what goes “out” (up), must come “back” (down).

    • FalconMoose

      ” Is this true?”. From the test films, the answer is yes.


    Kiss your a…butt goodbye!

  • Pontious Pirate

    In the case of a nuclear strike the lucky ones were painlesly instantaneously vaporized

  • disqus_tKUiAezKl2

    China owns half of America. Why would they nuke us? We’re a conquered people and we don’t know it.

  • This might be good advice if you are far enough away from a nuclear blast but I’m pretty sure anything that can leave a 60 mile wide crater is pretty much going to wipe away everything in its path. Probably the best thing you can if you only have a few seconds is to grab the hands of your family members and tell each other that you love each other. Sorry but that’s what I would do if we only had a few seconds left.

    • 2016usaofzimbabwe

      no man made bomb has ever left a 60 miles wide crater-your talking asteroid hit;but i get your message

  • Steve E

    Stock up on
    Iodine tablets

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