I want to preface this article by telling you that I am by no means trying to scare anyone or convince you to go and board up your windows as soon as you finish this piece. I mean that.
However, no one can deny that President Trump and Kim Jong Un have been butting heads recently and threatening war on one another.
On August 8, a North Korean military spokesman said that any plans to devise a war against North Korea would be met with “a just all-out war of wiping out all the strongholds of the enemies, including the U.S. mainland.”
On September 6, Robin Wright of The New Yorker published an article, “What Would War With North Korea Look Like?” and spoke to several experts on the subject in order to share just how deadly war with them would be.
Among those experts were retired General Gary E. Luck, Major General James (Spider) Marks, and Mark Fitzpatrick.
She reported that Fitzpatrick, the executive director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies office in Washington warned citizens that North Korea would not go down lightly.
He added that North Koreans believe “the Kim dynasty is deity-like and Americans are the sources of all evil.”
Given this information, it wouldn’t hurt to learn more about how to prepare and protect yourselves.
Should a blast go off, you are advised not to look at the light in order to avoid flash blindness within 50 miles of the site.
A mushroom cloud will rise and will be followed by a blast of radioactive material. Adequate shelters are cellars, schools, and parking garages. If you’re outside, take cover behind anything and hide exposed skin.
Stay flat on the floor. The blast wave could last up to an additional 30 seconds but after that, you should seek adequate shelter immediately.
Once inside, take a shower. Don’t scrub the skin too hard or scratch the skin. You should rinse thoroughly with soap and shampoo only.
After that’s done, make sure you wipe your eyelashes, eyelids, and ears, and blow your nose to rid of any lingering fallout.
You also need to remove your contaminated clothing and seal it in a bag. Keep it away from people after that.
When you’re sheltered you should only be drinking bottled water and sealed food. Wait about 24 hours for emergency instructions. Radiation from the blast will have died down significantly after two weeks – down to about one percent of initial levels.
FEMA warns that you should not try to evacuate until you know the basic facts about levels of radiation and fallout. Once it’s time to evacuate, use something to cover your face like a cloth mask.
In order to prepare you should have an Emergency Supply Kit ready, one that will last about two weeks. You should have water, non-perishable food, a battery-powered or crank radio, a flashlight, a first aid kit, and extra batteries.
You’ll also need a manual can opener, a map, a whistle, sanitation items, and a cell phone with its charger.
As I said, I’m not guaranteeing that this will happen but it’s good to know some basics.