If the world experiences a nuclear apocalypse, the best thing to do is crouch into a ball, put your head between your knees, and kiss your butt goodbye! Unless of course you are one of the lucky few who has prepared a nice nuclear shelter, gets in there in time, and waits long enough before coming back to the earth’s surface. But, what will you find when you emerge from your bunker? The answer is, of course, nuclear winter. This is a state where nuclear bombs have disrupted so many particulates on the Earth’s surface, that the sun is partially blocked 24 hours a day – to the point where the weather is noticeably colder, and plants don’t grow well – if at all.
Surviving in a nuclear winter is all about salvaging. There won’t be much in the way of plant life growing, and most wild animals will be long dead. Food will come from abandoned shopping centers, or even homes that were well prepared with a large stock of canned goods. Clean bottled water will be essential as well. Remember, areas that were directly impacted by nuclear weapons will remain contaminated – so don’t gather food or water there. The weather will be colder – so you’ll want to be making your way South. Even there, it will still likely be cold, so literally dress for the weather, and be prepared with cold weather gear that can withstand rain and snow. You never know exactly what the crazy nuclear winter weather will look like.
If possible, think about protecting a hearty vehicle that can move these goods over rough roads to places you might want to store them. Printed maps with noticeable landmarks will be helpful, as many road signs will be destroyed, or unreadable. Forget about the internet, or any electricity powered information devices to rely on. Stocking up on medical supplies is always a good idea as well, but also be prepared to salvage these from abandoned hospitals and drug stores. Basic medical care books will be essential for executing urgent care tactics – unless you’re already a trained medical professional.
If there is any hope in the hearts of those who do survive a nuclear apocalypse, it is that they’ll actually live through the nuclear winter – and see some semblance of a normal world again. This means farming, fishing, and building a society – so be sure to stock building and farming / fishing tools. In any apocalypse situation, the most valuable commodity any individual can possess is hope. As you prepare for the worst, prepare for the best. What are your values? What books do you have to teach your children about society and history? What are the seeds (both literal and figurative) you’ll use to grow your future? Remember Preparing for an apocalypse is more than just food and shelter – it’s mental survival as well.
If you had to compare a nuclear winter to a zombie apocalypse, or even a sea level rise – would it be better, or worse? Who knows, maybe we’ll see all three at the same time!
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