As a public service the Korean War Baby posts this article from the International Herald Tribune:
December 15, 2010
U.S. Rethinks Strategy for the Unthinkable
Suppose the unthinkable happened, and terrorists struck New York or another big city with an atom bomb. (Like a certain crazy leader north of Seoul, hmmm?) What should people there do? The government has a surprising new message: Do not flee. Get inside any stable building and don’t come out till officials say it’s safe.
The advice is based on recent scientific analyses showing that a nuclear attack is much more survivable if you immediately shield yourself from the lethal radiation that follows a blast, a simple tactic seen as saving hundreds of thousands of lives. Even staying in a car, the studies show, would reduce casualties by more than 50 percent; hunkering down in a basement would be better by far.
But a problem for the Obama administration is how to spread the word without seeming alarmist about a subject that few politicians care to consider, let alone discuss. So officials are proceeding gingerly in a campaign to educate the public.
“We have to get past the mental block that says it’s too terrible to think about,” W. Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said in an interview. “We have to be ready to deal with it” and help people learn how to “best protect themselves.”
(NOTE: the Korean National Emergency Management Agency is working on some ENGLISH on their site, meantime go to FEMA and refresh your mind on what to do…)
For people who survive the initial blast, the main advice is to fight the impulse to run and instead seek shelter from lethal radioactivity. Even a few hours of protection, officials say, can greatly increase survival rates.
“It’s more survivable than most people think,” said an official deeply involved in the planning, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “The key is avoiding nuclear fallout.”
The administration is making that argument with state and local authorities and has started to do so with the general public as well. Its Citizen Corps Web site says a nuclear detonation is “potentially survivable for thousands, especially with adequate shelter and education.” A color illustration shows which kinds of buildings and rooms offer the best protection from radiation.
WELL, seems better than “bend over and kiss it goodbye”. I for one will also assume the position and cry out “Oh, God, Oh GOD!” a few times. SO, take a look, JUST IN CASE, Kim Jong il kicks the bucket and his son REALLY tries to prove himself.