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6 Civil Defense Tips for a Major Terror Attack in the US

By    |   Friday, 14 Jul 2017 11:16 AM

Civil defense programs include emergency, preparation, and operations to protect citizens from natural disasters or military attacks. Global terrorism has given rise to the greatest concerns about a major attack on the U.S. since the Cold War.

Fears of nuclear or chemical strikes have intensified not only because of terrorist possibilities, but also from the saber-rattling of North Korea with its recent missile launch tests. Smaller countries and terrorist groups might have the ability to acquire nuclear devices that could be planted at ports or in cities.

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Though the type of attack is difficult to predict, there are safety measures that can be taken before, during, and after with the following six civil defense tips for a major terror attack in the U.S.

1. Planning ahead — An emergency supply kit should include non-perishable food, water, battery-powered radio, flashlights, and batteries. Have a family plan so you know where family members might be and where you can meet afterwards. Get to know your community’s disaster plans and warning systems. Find out if any public buildings can be used as fallout shelters, suggests Ready.gov, the official website for the Department of Homeland Security.

2. Fallout shelters — With terrorist groups seeking nuclear weapons, the devices could cause damage but may be survivable, according to Timothy J. Jorgensen of Georgetown University. The bombs would probably be “the size that were envisioned when fallout shelters were first proposed for civil defense,” he wrote in The Conversation. Ready.gov has information on building a shelter.

3. Stay inside — Scientific research suggests people have an increased chance of surviving a nuclear attack on a major city, if far enough away, by immediately shielding themselves, The New York Times reported. Government officials have recommended that if the unthinkable should happen and people are able to survive the initial blast, they should quickly get inside a stable building, coming out only when officials say it is safe. Even staying in a car or in a basement would help.

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4. Take cover if caught outside — People caught outside during a nuclear blast or chemical attack should take cover with any kind of protection possible to shield themselves. Lie flat on the ground and cover your head if there is no shelter nearby during a nuclear attack.

5. Follow emergency instructions — Emergency response personnel will provide you with information on your area as far as taking shelter, evacuating, or leaving for a certain location if there is a threat of a major terror attack. Seek shelter inside or below ground if an attack warning is issued.

6. Radiation protection — If exposed to radiation carried by the wind from a nuclear blast a few miles away, emergency and military personnel might be on hand with radiation detectors, or you can buy one yourself, according to Secrets of Survival, which also recommends gas masks made for nuclear or chemical emergencies. If outside and possibly exposed to radiation, get inside and immediately wash off debris from the entire body with soap and water. Remove clothing to avoid spreading of radioactive material.

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