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Hunting and Plant Gathering After Nuclear Fallout

nuclear falloutI was recently doing some research on radiation and came across some information in a government publication on gathering wild food after nuclear fallout.  This was written for the US military.  The first part talked about gathering packaged and canned foods.  Canned foods should have the labels removed and then be washed.  The food inside will be good.

Foods stored inside closed containers or protected areas like cellars should be safe.  However, you need to wash them prior to handling or eating.

Now what about Hunting Animals

First, assume that all animals, regardless of their living conditions have been exposed to nuclear fallout. …

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Free Civil Defense manuals from Various Countries

civil defense manualBack during the height of the cold war, the US had a fairly well developed civil defense system in place.  There were fallout shelters identified in many areas and the government had some excellent manuals on civil defense that are now out of print.  Over the years these programs have been done away with and most of this information is not readily available to the public.  Much of this older information is still valid and would be useful in case of any type of emergency involving nuclear weapons or radiation.

While doing some research on this, I found an interesting new site The Civil Defense Museum. …

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Can You Survive a Nuclear War?

nuclear warWith all the talk of a third world war going around, I think it is time to talk about the possibilities of surviving a nuclear war.  The first thing to understand is that most of what the public knows about nuclear war comes from disarmament spokesmen, Hollywood movies and science fiction books and is untrue.  If you don’t have the correct information, you won’t take the correct precautions and will reduce your chances of survival.

Many of us remember all the talk that went on during the cold war, when we last faced a threat of nuclear war.  Well to some degree the threat has changed since the 1950 and 60s. …

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Preparing Your Home, Family, and Business for TERRORIST ATTACKS

terrorist attacksPreparing Your Home, Family, and Business for TERRORIST ATTACKS is the name of a new publication put out by Rep Robert Pittenger, the Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare.  it can be downloaded for free at the above link.

Rep Pittenger made the following statement when asked why he published the manual. “There are U.S. cells today of terrorists that we’re all aware of. I chair the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism, and so I’m conscious of the concerns, and I just think we would be wise as a country to prepare ourselves better for what could happen,”

I reviewed this manual and it is a fairly good overview for people who are less aware.  …

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Nuclear Terrorism and a New Study on How to Protect Yourself

nuclear terrorism

Being retired, I have a bit more time to do research than many of you.  With all the problems in today’s world, there are many different aspects of potential problems that we all face.  One is the threat of nuclear terrorism.

Nuclear terrorism is one problem that many of us are not fully equipped to deal with and while there is a lot of information in print, much of it is confusing and not readily accessible.  There are some excellent books like Nuclear Warfare Survival Skills by Cresson Kearny.  But even his book has a problem; it is based on the cold war strategy of fallout shelters. …

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Nuclear Fallout and (EMP) Electromagnetic Pulse

With the current situation in the Ukraine, I decided to post some links to articles that I have written on the subjects of nuclear fallout and EMP.  Some of these articles were written during the nuclear meltdown in Japan, but the information in them is still valid.

Depending on what develops in the next few days, I intent to write to post some information on improvised nuclear fallout shelters.

nuclear fallout

Here are some improvise shelters from the 1960's. I think these are valid ideas that could make the difference between life and death depending on how far you are from the nuclear detonation.

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Bunker Temperatures can Cause Serious Health Problems

bunker temperatures

With all the talk about bunkers that you see on shows like Doomsday Preppers and in various blogs, you should be aware that internal bunker temperatures can be quite hot and humid.  Any bunker that is occupied for several days in warm or hot weather will heat up if there is no forced ventilation.  These bunker temperatures can become so hot as to result in heat prostration or even death.

Cresson H Kearney the author of the book Nuclear War Survival Skills an expert in the use and design of improvised shelters states the following.  “It is important to understand that the heat and water vapor given off by bodies of people in a crowed long-occupied shelter could be deadly, if fallout prevents leaving the shelter”.…

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Nuclear Reactor Locations in the U.S.

nuclear reactor locations

Nuclear reactors

This is the best list of nuclear reactor locations that I have been able to locate.  As you can see they are scattered throughout the U.S., some in places you would not expect.  Be sure and take a look at the one used by colleges, many of you may be surprised to fined out how close one is to you.




Nuclear Reactor Locations

Power Station PlantsNRC Region



Capacity (MWe)

Commission Date

Decommission Date

Region I (Northeast)

Beaver Valley Nuclear Generating Station Beaver CountyPennsylvania Unit 1: 970
Unit 2: 920
Unit 1: July 2, 1976
Unit 2: August 14, 1987
Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Generating Station Calvert Cliffs, Maryland Unit 1: 873
Unit 2: 863
Unit 1: 1975
Unit 2: 1977
Connecticut Yankee Nuclear Power Plant Haddam NeckConnecticut 582 1968 2004
Ginna Nuclear Generating Station OntarioNew York 610 June 1, 1970
Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Station Lower Alloways Creek TownshipNew Jersey 1,059 December 20, 1986
Indian Point Energy Center BuchananNew York Unit 2: 1,020
Unit 3: 1,025
Unit 2: August 1, 1974
Unit 3: August 30, 1976
James A.
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An Excellent Article on the Dangers of EMP

Here is an article sent to me by a friend that I think might be interesting to most of you.


Dr. Peter Vincent Pry: America May Never Recover From EMP Attack

Dr. Peter Vincent Pry is the Executive Director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security for the Congressional Caucus on EMP (Electro-Magnetic Pulse) that endeavors to carry on the work of the EMP Commission. He is also the Director of the United States Nuclear Strategy Forum, an advisory body to Congress on policies to counter weapons of mass destruction.

Dr. Pry has served on the staffs of the EMP Commission, the Strategic Posture Commission, the Commission on the New Strategic Posture of the U.S., the House Armed Services Committee and the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Protecting Yourself in Case the North Korean Detonate a Nuclear Device

With the new leader of North Korea making threats against the U.S. in such a reckless manner, I think we may have to start to take him seriously.  While he may not have many nuclear devices and his missile capability may be somewhat limited, he might still have a surprise for us.  For instance, a ship launched missile to create a high altitude nuclear explosion over the central United States.  This could cause an electromagnetic pulse that would knock out power over most of this country.

If he should set off any nuclear explosions near or over the Alaska, Hawaii or the continental United States there could be problems with radioactive fallout. …

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