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Nuclear War Survival Skills: Lifesaving Nuclear Facts and Self-Help Instructions Paperback – January 19, 2016
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This is a government sponsored field manual that tells individuals how to prepare for and how to survive "the bomb". And as preparedness books, and Government manuals go - this book is the BOMB!
Many books on survival and preparedness are shallow, poorly researched and untested, fear mongering or written with a social or political bend. Or the advice of the book amounts to - "Sit tight, take notes, wait for government officials, they will save you". This book is none of those things. It was written by Cresson Kearny - a Rhodes scholar who was working as a research engineer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory at the time that he was asked to write this book. His other qualifications include (but are not limited to!) serving in WWII - where he worked on testing and improving jungle combat gear for US soldiers. As a demolition specialist in China (during a portion of the Japanese invasion). He was re-recruited by the US military for combat gear improvement for US soldiers in Vietnam. He also traveled the world trading knowledge with other countries on protecting civilians from the effects of a nuclear war. Etc, etc.
Mr. Kearny has thoroughly researched and thought through the most likely scenarios (most relevant at the time that he wrote this book) and gives step-by-step solutions on how to deal with each problem. His solutions are simple, tested and can be implemented by almost all individuals. He advocates looking out for yourself, and gives advice on how to do so.
Although this book was specifically written to address a massive nuclear war with Russia - the knowledge and approaches in this book can be applied to all disaster scenarios. Some of the things he covers:
-Facts and myths about nuclear bombs.
-Warnings that a bomb has gone off/ are on their way.
-Evacuations - when/ where...
-Shelters, building several quick, effective fallout shelters (all tested by him and by "average American families").
-living in the shelter - water, food, CO2/fire dangers, ventilating the shelter, light, sanitation, medical, furnishings, clothing, cooking, how long to stay in there...
-detailed instructions and templates used for building a radiation meter from common household items! (Invented by him - the "Kearny Fallout Meter" or KFM)
-detailed instructions and templates for construction of a homebuilt ventilator.
-where to find food and antibiotics for you and the rest of the country, how to process that food so that it can be eaten by adults and children. (And how to build any tools needed to process that food).
-special dietary considerations for children.
The information is presented in a - this is what is important and here's how an average person should/could go about doing this - manner. Very simple, very straightforward, very hands-on.
I have only scratched the surface on the wealth of practical information contained in this manual. Buy it! Then buy one for a friend!
Note: This book is available as a free PDF download (do a search on: Nuclear War Survival Skills PDF download). I recommend downloading it and reading it. I suspect you will then want to have a hard copy on hand too.
4-17-07 Addendum: one of the assumptions of this book was that our satellites (USA) would show missiles being fueled and fielded, and cities being evacuated. This would give us a 2-3 day advanced notice of a major power's (Russia's and/or China's) nuclear launch. This is no longer a good assumption.
Events that have occurred since this book was written:
-Russia has built and actively maintains excellent permanent shelters for most of its population.
-Russia has upgraded its missiles (and continues to actively do so).
-China has maintained and is actively improving its excellent system of shelters and underground facilities.
-China has upgraded its missiles (and continues to actively do so at an alarming rate).
When using this book keep in mind the above changes - ie don't count on the USA having a 2 day warning.