Nuclear Preparedness

  • Our nation and many people will survive any nuclear attack.  Americans are strong, optimistic, ingenious, and prayerful.  Should this country be attacked with nuclear weapons, many people will survive, stand back up, and continue living meaningful lives.    
  • There are many reasons to prepare for a nuclear disaster.
    • Man has never invented a weapon which he has not used. 
    • The threat of a nuclear disaster will always remain, because you cannot un-invent the nuclear bomb.
    • There is a potential for an accident transporting nuclear waste through Spokane.  
    • There is a possibility of a terrorist gaining control of a nuclear device.  
    • An unfriendly nation could become a potential nuclear power.   
    • Spokane would be a primary target because of our military structure and industry.  
    • America’s security was penetrated by surprise once before, on 9-11.  
  • The citizens in Spokane are very fortunate to have easy access to an abundance of structures wherein survival of a nuclear attack is possible.  
  • When a nuclear bomb explodes, it will result in an enormous fireball, brilliant light (looking at it will damage your eyes), intense heat, and a thunder-like sound from the distant explosion.  
  • A ground explosion will create a crater and suck up pulverized dirt which will be dangerously radioactive when it falls to the ground.  
  • The fallout radiation is extremely dangerous and can cause sickness.  Children and pregnant women (the fetus) are most likely to be hurt by radiation.  Older people, who understand it may take 20 years for them to develop cancer from radiation exposure, may choose to shelter the more vulnerable and do essential outdoor work themselves.  
  • People exposed to radiation do NOT become radioactive, or dangerous to other people.  Radiation sickness is not contagious or infectious.  One person cannot “catch it” from another person.   Early symptoms may appear in 1 or 2 days, such as headache, skin irritation, nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, high fever and chills.  Two people exposed to the same amount of radiation may not experience the same symptoms.  
  • A thyroid-blocking agent will prevent the released radioactive iodine from harming your thyroid.  

  • Spokane's missile silos.  During the early 1960's, there were 9 underground missile sites within a 50-mile radius of Fairchild Air Force Base, which was on high alert.  Each site held an Atlas-E missile (ICBM's) armed with a 4-megaton nuclear warhead. 

  • Nuclear weapons remain a danger throughout the world.   Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netantahu warns that Iran is not only targeting Israel, but it has its sights set on the U.S., as well.  "They are building ICBM's to reach the American mainland in a few years.  They don't need these missiles to reach Israel.  They already have missiles that can reach us.  They have not yet reached it, but they are getting closer to it, and they have to be stopped."  ("Netanyahu's Warning," Face the Nation and CBN News, The 700 Club, July 2013) 
What You Can Do
  • Without undue alarm, prepare a shelter in your basement which can support life for at least 2 weeks.  
  • Radiation is not the biggest problem—starvation is.  In addition to water and food (simply what it would take to keep you alive), store medications, personal hygiene items, sanitation and first-aid items.  Provide a source of light and air ventilation.  A battery-operated radio may also be useful.  
  • Be prepared to live in your shelter full-time for at least 3 days or longer, leaving it only a few hours a day to perform emergency tasks.  (Do not touch the fallout or track radioactive dust into your shelter.)   Thereafter, remain in the shelter part-time for an additional 2-3 weeks, returning to your shelter for sleeping.
  • When outdoors, keep covered with clothing, glasses and a hat; cover your nose; and brush any falling ash off of your skin to avoid Beta burns.   Full-time shelter occupancy should not be required more than 2 weeks.  
  • There are 3 ways to minimize exposure to radiation in the event of a nuclear attack:
TIME.   Seek shelter underground immediately.  After the radiation has fallen, it will decay quite rapidly at first, losing its strength; however, that decrease gets slower with time.  

DISTANCE.    Go into a basement, and remain as far away from fallout as possible.

SHIELDING.   Put as much heavy, dense material between you and the fallout (concrete, bricks, dirt, books, and furniture) which will absorb the radioactive Gamma rays.