“Wars and rumors of wars” is what we’ve been told there will be in the end days. Thanks to television and the government’s well-oiled propaganda machine we are constantly hearing threats from the U.S. and Russia. Whether or not these threats are legit or hype designed to keep people in fear and fresh recruits for the military is yet to be determined. Either way we should probably take these threats seriously if we live in potential nuclear attack targets with a nuclear fallout kit.
Now I’ve said on multiple occasions that if you live in the vicinity of a possible nuclear attack then you should strongly consider strategy relocating, especially if you live less than a 100 miles away from the locations. Possible targets include strategic military bases, communication hubs and economic centers. Nuclear silos and even power plants could be potential targets. You can find a map of potential nuclear targets below.
I understand that strategically relocating is not possible for a lot of us that are dependent upon jobs or even confined by handicaps or illnesses. Ideally if you live less than 100 miles from these targets you should at least have some sort of bunker or basement. This would give you a better chance of survival. The closer you are to the target the more likely that you house or residence will be completely demolished from the blast. However, you not only have to be prepared for the blast but also the fallout that can last for several days or get carried away with a jet stream.
This post is going to be specifically about what you should include in a nuclear fallout kit. In a previous post I discussed how to survive a nuclear attack that includes the blast and fallout. Now this kit isn’t meant for long term survival but just for the fallout itself. You should already have your long term preparedness items. However, this nuclear fallout kit you can include in a bag so when a nuclear attack happens you are not scrambling around trying to gather the items from multiple locations.
10 Important Items to Include in Your Nuclear Fallout Kit
- 30 day supply of food water
This of course should go without saying because you only (repeat with me) “survive 3 days without water and 3 weeks without food.” If you have a bunker or basement then you may already have this food with you. However, for those of us who are not fortunate enough to have a bunker then we will have to stuff these supplies in the nuclear fallout kit.
You’re probably looking at me pondering how you fit 30 days’ worth of food and water in a kit. Simple, you will need to make sacrifices. You won’t be able to eat lavishly from your Mountain House tin cans because they are not going to fit in your kit.
So when I say you can only survive three days without water that doesn’t mean that you should store 30 days’ worth of drinking water in your kit. Instead you should have a certain amount of water that you can drink once every 3 days. As I mentioned in How to Survive a Nuclear Attack you could be in your shelter anywhere from 3 days up to 30 days. Afterwards you are able to forage if you need to.
Depending on how close you are to the blast you may need more water because the radiation may be burning your lips. However, I am encouraging you to strategically relocate so that you don’t have to take that risk. You might have to drive an hour to get to work as a result of relocating but this will keep you safer and help you survive longer when SHTF.
The water and food supplies should also be sealed up to prevent radiation from penetrating. Canned food maybe best for this occasion but could take up more room in your kit. You might also consider packing some MREs in your kit as they take up less space. Canned foods would also be great because you won’t necessarily need a heat source to eat them. MREs only need water to heat up.
- Heat source
Following the rules of 3’s again you can only survive 3 hours in dangerous weather conditions. If you live in a colder location you will want to have some sort of heat source within your shelter. This should already be packed in your kit. YOU DO NOT WANT TO GATHER SOURCES OF HEAT AFTER A BLAST OR DURING THE FALLOUT!
- First Aid Kit
During this attack you may have a building fall on top of you or other things flying in the air that can injure you. You will want to have something that can stop the bleeding. You will also want items to treat wounds and prevent infections. Unfortunately during this attack or most likely for days afterwards you may not have access to medical treatment.
- Hazmat Suit
Now some people may think that this is overkill. However, I would prefer to be over-prepared instead of regretting it afterwards. A Hazmat Suit will help prevent radiation penetration. Now these suits are extremely expensive but how much is your life worth? How much is the life of your family member’s worth? If you said invaluable then you are correct. This is the price you will have to pay for not strategically relocating.
When you are searching for Hazmat suits make sure you are buying one that provides radiation protection. There are many cheaper suits that only provide protection from fumes and chemicals. They will not be affective in protection from radiation.
- Extra pair of clothes
After the fallout you may have to go outside your shelter to forage for food. This shouldn’t be the case because you are a “smart” prepper. However, for the case that you go outside your shelter you will want to have an extra pair of clothes that you take off before coming back inside your shelter. You don’t want to bring any contamination into your shelter.
- Lights (blackout kit)
The nuclear attack will inevitably take out your power. So you will be in the dark for a few days unless you have a bunker that runs on a generator or some other alternative source of power like solar. Either case you will want to have a blackout kit built inside of your nuclear fallout kit. That should include lights, candles, backup batteries, chargers, etc.
To open your canned food you should consider some tools like can openers or multi-tools in case you need to fix anything else. As a prepper you should already have some sort of knife on you. I keep the Spyderco CaraCara on me at all times to perform small tasks. However, you could take it one step farther with a full tool set. Just take into consideration how much space you have inside of your kit.
- Sanitation kit
If you ever have to leave your shelter you will want to have some sort of decontamination zone before coming back in. While you are inside of your shelter you will need a few sanitation items while you are in there. Most likely you will have to take a nice poop sometime.
Inside of your kit you could pack some heavy duty trash bags to place fecal matter and other types of waste. If you have a bunker or basement you could use a bucket. You should also get a nice supply of saw dust to cover up the smell of waste. You should also pack some camping wipes and disinfectants along with some soap.
- Radiation detector
Before leaving outside of your shelter you will want to make sure that the radiation levels are safe enough. Ideally you want the radiation levels to be below 20rem. For a more thorough explanation of these radiation levels you can read Survivorpedia’s post.
- Recreational material
If you have ever been in a blackout or grid down situation you know that it can be extremely boring which in turn makes the time go back extremely slow. So slow you will just want to sleep your time away. However, in the recovery phase of a nuclear fallout you will want to be alert of an invading army or social unrest. To keep yourself up then you should consider packing some books, journals and even card games to pass the time and keep your morale high.
Altogether these would be my suggested items to have in a nuclear fallout kit. What other items would you recommend? Your feedback helps the prepper community so leave a comment below.
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