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10 CBRN (Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear) Survival Tips

May 11, 2015

Our Top 10 Survival Tips to survive in an End Of The World catastrophe, learn skills you need to know for you and your family to survive.

 Some of the most terrifying man-made hazards are those that are used in modern warfare. Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weaponry are genuine threats in countries such as Afghanistan, Cambodia and many other areas, and anyone who has ever watched the news will be well aware of the nuclear threat from nations such as Iran and North Korea, and countries in the West also have a nuclear program.

The development of these types of warfare have come with technological advances, and the use of these weapons are a huge threat due to the nature of the aftermath of an attack. Nuclear fallout, contamination and disease are known to follow an attack, and cause continued devastation long after the initial blast. In some cases, the blast isn’t even necessary.

Fortunately, there are survival tips available for people who could find themselves in a CBRN attack. Here are 10 of the very best, but it is always worth reading further to increase awareness and your knowledge of the subject.

  1. Store Plenty of Bottled Water and Food

In the instance of a CBRN attack, there is a good chance that food and water will be contaminated and become poisonous to anyone who was to eat or drink it. You should look to store plenty of bottled water and tinned food when you head to your shelter so that in the aftermath of an attack, you can nourish and replenish yourself safe in the knowledge that it is not contaminated.

  1. Create a Shield against the Attack

Experts cite shieling as an essential method of protection from radiation. By using lead, iron or concrete as a shield, the dense material will be a better shield than something like wood, and is likely to absorb or weaken the radiation that is trying to penetrate the material.

  1. First Aid

If you are in an area where a CBRN attack could take place, you should look to build a relevant first aid kit to radiation and chemical injuries rather than simply pick up a generic first aid kit. Treatment for burns is more likely in a CBRN attack, and the aftermath could result in an increase of cold and flu-like illness. You should make sure that you also have plenty of bandages and dressings for any burns.

  1. Time and Distance

Knowledge is power, and if an attack is imminent, the more knowledge you have of the attack – including when and where it is taking place – the quicker you can react and get to a safe distance away from the blast and the resulting fallout. The aftermath of a radioactive blast will die down after time, so the further you are from a blast, the less likely you are to be effected.

  1. Build a Shelter

If you find yourself in open areas when an attack is imminent, you can build a shelter or dig a trench. There are also natural shelters if you don’t have the time to react, such as ditches, hills and riverbanks. Any areas with natural shelter could drastically reduce the amount of radiation and chemical intake for you and others.

  1. Find a Natural Shelter

There are a number of natural shelters that are likely to be found in your area. These include caves, tunnels, storm or storage cellars and basements/cellars of abandoned buildings. You should look to find underground shelters that are covered by 1 meter (3 feet) or more of earth, therefore reducing the intake of fallout radiation.

  1. Cover your skin

In the instance of a CBRN attack, the risk of sickness and contamination is just as threatening as the blast, and so it is essential that you cover as much of your skin as possible so that you lower the risk of radiation burns and contamination. This also includes creating a cover for your shelter at the time of an attack.

  1. Understand Your Food

In the lead up to a CBRN attack, and in the aftermath, food and water will be precious but risky proposition. Certain foods are more at risk of contamination than others (milk, for example), and in the case of meat, will need to be cooked thoroughly to ensure that there is no contamination. You should read up on what foods are safe no matter what (e.g. eggs) and look to store more foods like these in preparation.

  1. Prepare a Survival Kit

Being prepared will hold you in good stead should a CBRN attack take place, and there are plenty of tools and equipment to get your hands on so that you improve your chances of survival in the aftermath of an attack. These kit essentials include: a hard hat for head protection, googles for eye and face protection, latex gloves (for medical and sanitation purposes), respiratory aid, gas mask, thermal blankets and more.

  1. Stay Positive

In the instance of an attack and the aftermath, people will be terrified and will lose hope. Wherever possible, it is important to rally people together and try to remain positive, even if you are just as terrified and without hope as they are. A positive attitude in the midst of a crisis could be the difference between life and death, and can help keep a community together.

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