With Donald Trump set to become President of the United States, it’s probably high time we all prepared ourselves for the inevitable nuclear armageddon to come.
Fortunately, in the final few months before the inevitable mushroom cloud appears on the horizon, loaded has managed to get its hands on a very helpful list of tips for anyone keen on surviving a nuclear blast.
Some may sound obvious, others less so but in any case it could pay to stay on top of this particularly with Trump in the White House and on Twitter 24/7.
Alright, here goes:
- Do not look at the flash or fireball – it can blind you.
- Take cover behind anything that might offer protection.
- Lie flat on the ground and cover your head. If the explosion is some distance away, it could take 30 seconds or more for the blast wave to hit.
- Take shelter as soon as you can, even if you are many miles from ground zero where the attack occurred – radioactive fallout can be carried by the winds for hundreds of miles. Remember the three protective factors: Distance, shielding and time.
- If you were outside during or after the blast, get clean as soon as possible, to remove radioactive material that may have settled on your body.
- Remove your clothing to keep radioactive material from spreading. Removing the outer layer of clothing can remove up to 90% of radioactive material.
- If practical, place your contaminated clothing in a plastic bag and seal or tie the bag. Place the bag as far away as possible from humans and animals so that the radiation it gives off does not affect others.
When possible, take a shower with lots of soap and water to help remove radioactive contamination.
- Do not scrub or scratch the skin.
- Gently blow your nose and wipe your eyelids and eyelashes with a clean wet cloth. Gently wipe your ears.
- If you cannot shower, use a wipe or clean wet cloth to wipe your skin that was not covered by clothing.
Don’t worry too much though guys: we will probably all be obliterated in a matter of miliseconds in the event of multiple nuclear strikes anyway.
Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.