It drives me crazy when people say, "I'm not going to prepare for nuclear war because if the bombs ever fall, everybody is going to die anyway." They forget that a nuclear bomb is basically a local, temporary event. Yes, everyone dies within a few miles of ground zero, and a lot of people are injured outside that radius, but if you're five or ten miles from a bomb, you're going to survive the initial blast, and you stand an excellent chance of surviving the fallout as well -- IF you are prepared in advance for the event. The radioactivity of the fallout evaporates within a few days. The bombs that fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki did indeed destroy those towns, but there were many many survivors, and Japan didn't collapse into chaos and disappear afterwards; neither will the U.S. collapse and disappear after a nuclear attack. Here's the low-down on what officials expect would happen if a nuke fell on Washington, D.C. (which is one of my greatest concerns):

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/03/27/national/w003933D74.DTL

From the article: "Thinking about the unthinkable, a U.S. government study analyzed the likely effects from terrorists setting off a 10-kiloton nuclear device a few blocks north of the White House. It predicted terrible devastation for roughly one-half mile in every direction, with buildings reduced to rubble the way that World War II bombing raids destroyed parts of Berlin. But outside that blast zone, the study concluded, even such a nuclear explosion would be pretty survivable."

Of course, in order for it to be "pretty survivable" you'd need to be prepared in advance for the event, and know what to do. So quit with the "everybody's gonna die anyway" thinking, get off your butt, and get busy.
4/12/2012 09:49:06 pm

Really informative article.........give me some more information.

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UncleRay
12/28/2013 08:10:17 am

The Nuke D.C. Link failed

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Mary
9/30/2018 10:48:06 pm

Your blog contains some of the most insightful preparedness writing I've ever come across.
Will you kindly resume writing, for all of us who are in need of more cost effective and logical information?
Many 'prepper' blogs are primarily revenue streams for the owner, full of product endorsements and having few benefits for average preppers.
In comparison, you offer multiple modest yet valid preps to prepare for emergencies and disasters. You give the reasoning behind the preps along with cost and availability estimates.
These articles you have written are valuable and logical, and I hope many more people find your site and read them.
Thank you.

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Calamity Janet
10/1/2018 05:40:45 am

Thanks for your kind words of support and encouragement. I set up this website when I appeared on the Doomsday Preppers show, hoping it would lead into some way of earning an income from my "hobby" but nothing ever materialized. I now spend my days having a job and paying my bill. But thanks for reading and keep on prepping!

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