But that nightmare is a possibility in an ever-increasing hostile political climate.
If the unthinkable happens, here are some guidelines that will help you stay alive.
With the threat of global terror on the rise, all it could take is one extremist group hellbent on destruction to spur a nuclear holocaust.
Also, North Korea and China are both experimenting with EMP bombs, which could be deployed with nuclear warheads.
There’s also the fear of a nuclear power plant meltdown.
While there are many safeguards in place, the disaster at the Fukushima power plant showed that sometimes the perfect storm of system failure can occur.
A full-scale nuclear attack would devastate the country, but all hope wouldn’t be lost.
Here are some guidelines to survive a nuclear catastrophe.
First, an underground shelter is essential.
The quality of shelter is entirely dependent on your budget.
A functional underground shelter can be implemented for as little as a few thousand dollars.
And high-end underground bunkers can reach into the hundreds of thousands or even millions.
Some companies actually design luxury bunkers with bedroom suites, posh furniture, and solar power capabilities.
If there’s a nuclear strike in your area, you will need to remain in your bunker anywhere from 24 hours to three weeks.
The fallout from the blast is just as deadly—if not more deadly—than the blast itself.
Radiation levels immediately after the strike are extremely lethal, but the radiation dissipates relatively quickly.
Whatever you spend on your bunker, be prepared to live in there up to a few weeks.
Next, invest in top-of-the-line Hazmat suits and chemical masks.
You shouldn’t go outside after a nuclear attack, but some things are unavoidable.
If you do have to go outside, make sure you’re fully protected against the effects of radiation, which are ghastly.
Having a radiation detector will give you an accurate appraisal of the air’s toxicity levels.
Also, have a healthy stock of food and water.
Bottled water and tapped water barrels are good options.
As for food, canned goods and freeze-dried meals will give you a supply of food that can last decades if you plan right.
With proper preparation, there will be plenty of food to get you through a nuclear crisis.
Next, it’s imperative to stay clean because unsanitary living conditions are an absolute killer.
Don’t overlook toilet paper, paper towels, disinfectant wipes, soap, and garbage bags.
Sawdust is also a good natural option to help with odor.
Next, make sure you have a first-aid kit handy.
There almost certainly won’t be any ambulances coming, so you’ll need to be able to take care of yourself.
Have medical supplies and over-the-counter drugs on hand.
If you have specific prescription needs, make sure to account for that when planning for a disaster.
Finally, make sure you have recreational activities to keep you and your family occupied.
Stress is a killer, so do what you can to avoid it by trying to find entertainment.
Otherwise, the despair can be overwhelming.