Since the world was first exposed to the devastating power of nuclear warfare when the United States dropped bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to close out World War II, the fear of such an attack has loomed ever-present in the minds of people around the globe. Or, at least, I am one such person, and at the risk of sounding paranoid, I have to wonder, “What do you do and where can you hide from a nuclear bomb?”
First, if you're within 50 miles of ground zero, you'll know what's happening when you see a flash of bright light, which could give you flash blindness, according to Lifehacker.
Next, the best thing to do is hide.
If you can find a dense, protective shelter within five minutes of exposure, you should, according to researcher Michael Dillon from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. But if getting there would take longer, it’s best to stay where you are for at least an hour before making moves.
Your best option is to be underground, surrounded by concrete, where the dense material will prevent radiation exposure. Wooden structures, though better than nothing, will not protect you from radioactive fallout.
If you can, while sheltering, the EPA suggests you avoid doors and windows. You should also lose your contaminated clothing by sealing them off in a plastic bag and keeping them away from people.
As soon as you can, shower, using shampoo and soap, but no conditioner. It binds radioactive material to your hair, Lifehacker writes. In addition, you should avoid scrubbing or scratching your skin, which could make it more susceptible to exposure.
And if you can't get to a shelter, try to find a depressed area to hide in, exposing as little skin as possible. After the blast, you have 10 to 20 minutes before a lethal amount of radiation comes down from the mushroom cloud.
During a talk on surviving a nuclear attack, professor Irwin Redlener, U.S. specialist on disaster preparedness, said, "In that 10 to 15 minutes [after the bomb is detonated], all you have to do is go about a mile away from the blast.”
With the resurgence of Cold War tensions and North Korean sabre-rattling, fear about nuclear winter is on the rise. While I used to think doomsday preppers took things too far, maybe there is something to that whole, having-a-nuclear-bunker thing?
President Donald Trump hands a pen to Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie during a spending bill signing ceremony at VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Las Vegas. (Associated Press/Evan Vucci)
The Trump administration wants to shift billions of dollars from government-run veterans' hospitals to private health care providers. That's true even though earlier this year the administration vehemently denied it would privatize any part of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The privatization of essential government services is nothing new, of course. Over the years, countries have privatized dozens of services and activities that were once the sole domain of governments, such as the provision of electricity and water, road operations and prisons and even health care, with the ostensible aim of making them more efficient.
But before going down that road, the question needs to be asked whether privatizing essential human services such as those for military veterans serves the public interest. New research we recently published suggests that privatization may come at a social cost.
The Coast Guard is officially shit outta luck for a paycheck thanks to the government shutdown, which means that zero coasties have been paid to create some of the amazing memes being shared as a way to vent their frustration.