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Your gas mask and protective fallout gear is something you need now and for good reason, you might need to use it quite soon.
We are closer than ever to a nuclear strike with tensions at a climax between North Korea and the United States, and if you’re one of the lucky ones who has snapped up a commercial bunker or has set up a home fallout shelter, well done. If not, you need to prepare yourself and your family.
Spending tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars on a bunker for something that might not happen seems a bit of a risk right? Perhaps you still are a prepper and want to prepare yourself for a nuclear fallout but you’re not willing to fork out thousands for yourself and your family just to be sure. No problem, you can still easily survive.
In the case of a nuclear attack, your ideal safest place is somewhere that is not contaminated and is underground. It is no surprise that the best place to hide after a nuclear fallout is in the basement of a building that is constructed with thick brick or concrete. But what about if you don’t have that? If your shelter is poor and you have nearby shelter, you can make your way there but only if it is under 10 minutes away. But before you start moving, and as soon as that bomb hits, you are going to need some protective gear against the radiation, chemical or biological hazard the weapon has caused.
Once the bomb has hit, there’s going to be a wide spread of radiation, or in the chance of a chemical or biological attack, something else. The strength of it will be determined by how close you are to the blast and other geographical factors. To deal with that fallout, here is what you would need in a basic kit to stay healthy:
As radiation can be soaked into the skin, the ideal goal would be to use a gas mask with a chemical protection suit to keep your skin protected and to avoid contamination with your clothing so that you don’t contaminate your shelter or bunker. Any suit that is made of tyvec or a heavy pvc and is completely sealed is what you need. This will give the body a lot less exposure to radiation or anything else from a chemically-designed weapon.
If you are making a nuclear attack kit I cannot recommend more that you add a role of duct tape in it. Duct tape has a lot of uses but primarily, in this case, it is a bandaid for your radiation suit. You want to be avoiding any leaks or cuts in your suit at all cost.
You should be stocking up on iOSAT tablets as they are an FDA approved treatment to prevent absorption of radioactive material. There are also these radiation towelettes that you can use to wipe away any contaminated areas, but a thorough cleansing shower would also suffice.
The RADTriage FIT is a US Military device that fits into your wallet and can detect low levels of radiation quite well. One of the innovative things about this is that it is not electronic, so in the event that you are close to an electromagnetic pulse shockwave, you are still going to be able to detect radiation at any point. You can also get a Radon reader which is much more powerful in its effect and is still unaffected by EMP.
Now let’s move on to gas masks.
There are some things to think about when buying a gas mask, they are:
To tell if your gas mask is not for spray painting but for a nuclear attack, we need to make sure it has a NBC or CBRN rating. The ideal mask is an NBC filter mask. NBC stands for:
On top of the NBC mask, you can look at CBRN masks (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) as they have the highest protection against these elements.
You want to be getting a mask that lets you operate easily. Once upon a time a gas mask was something that could barely be seen out of and was so thick that it would cause the wearer to start sweating within minutes of putting it on. Thankfully masks have come a long way since then.
We should be looking for something that has a good visibility, a comfortable fit and that has widely available filters. For the filter type, I have found that the NATO 40mm is the easiest to come by and there is a wide supply of them. These NBC filters are what you need to filter radioactive particles. Other gas masks might use a bayonet canister, however this is not as common.
The mask that is proving very popular for buyers at the moment is the SGE 400 Diskin mask (just under $200) which is designed to meet military and civil defense requirements. SGE is the brand of mask made by Mestel Safety, a top-notch military-grade equipment provider. They are a trusted and relied manufacturer by many for their personal protective equipment. Let’s take a look at what this mask offers:
The fit for this gas mask is pretty good. I take a large because of my big head whereas my partner would easily fit a medium. If you’ve got kids, the small size is suitable for teenagers just because of the fit to the face. Any younger and you’d be wanting to look at an NBC gas mask or suit for kids.
This mask is the NBC one, which would definitely keep yourself and your family or friends safe in an attack. However, if you are willing to spend the extra money and are concerned about the effect corrosive chemicals may have on the mask, I would suggest the version with a butyl rubber lining around the mask. I would only recommend this one if you were facing direct contact with corrosive chemicals though.
If you are on a tight budget or have to buy a lot of these masks for you and a big family, you can also look at the Israeli civilian protective mask which is only $30. These masks were issued to civilians in Israel when the country was under attack by Iraq and for that purpose they are full NBC protected. They come brand new and have an attachable straw to use to drink while the mask is on. A lot of people have reported that the filter that comes with this mask is expired, so you might want to keep that in mind and perhaps purchase a few more. It would be unfortunate to have an expired filter when you needed it the most.
If you are after a mask used by the US Military, you can rely on the M40 and M50 service masks. The M50 is the newest addition to the US Military and is the general purpose mask for all professions. A lot of these have been running dry of stock recently just because of the rise in concerns about a nuclear attack. These are a lot more expensive (M40 is $289 and M50 is $150-$250) that the masks mentioned above but when it’s an in-use military item then you know it does the right job. You can also use the 40mm NATO filters for these masks.
The wearable protection in this article is a backup if a nuclear, chemical or biological strike happens. However, because these masks and suit are NBC protective they are also very reliable to use in the event of a viral outbreak or disease. If you live in an urban area then this kit might be the right option for you.
When a nuclear attack happens you might be without power due to an EMP pulse or damage to nearby power provision structures, so to stay tuned into emegerncy services you should get yourself a reliable hand crank radio. The American Red Cross Hand Crank Radio is a reliable option that has been used in a number of disasters and emergency events around the world and is the most ideal option for your circumstance.
There are different shelters where residing from a nuclear fallout is safe, In an emergency where a nuclear, biological or chemical attack has been made you are going to have to seal the room in order to ensure your survival and that of anyone with you.
For a nuclear attack, ideally your shelter should be in the basement of a brick or concrete building.
To seal a room off from any type of contamination the US Government Ready Plan provides a process of sealing a room. If you are going to seal a room you should:
When you are planning your kit with the above mentioned nuclear survival equipment, it is a good idea to keep an excess amount of these thick plastic sheets and duct tape mentioned above as it will become your tool kit when you are preparing against such circumstances.
If you are living in an area that could be effected by an NBC attack you can also use the following Prepping Guides:
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