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2009/07/19 19:41:34 (permalink)

Tips for surviving after a nuclear war

Active mind and camping thread got me thinking - how would you approach a post-nuclear environment?

Give up?

Dig a hole in your floor and hide down there?

High tail it to some remote place assuming you could get there?

How would you trap food (irradiated food at that?)

Purify water?

Preserve your sanity?

Protect yourself?

Assuming the planet's gone boom and it's every man for himself, what's the gameplan?

A little light thinking for a Sunday evening....
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    TRAMP
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    Re:Tips for surviving after a nuclear war 2009/07/19 19:45:56 (permalink)
    You'd do a lot worse to have a few of these around the place mate in such an event


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    Re:Tips for surviving after a nuclear war 2009/07/19 19:47:43 (permalink)
    LMFAO.
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    Re:Tips for surviving after a nuclear war 2009/07/19 19:48:42 (permalink)
    Funny you mention this, I was reading up on nuclear bunkers a few weeks ago.  Not sure why.  Maybe a premonition
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    Re:Tips for surviving after a nuclear war 2009/07/19 19:50:26 (permalink)
    Option 1 - probably give up to be honest. It's all very well surviving and hopefully still being with my nearest and dearest but a post-nuclear environment doesn't sound like something I'd want to live in.

    Survival per se in that instance wouldn't be high up on list of priorities.
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    Re:Tips for surviving after a nuclear war 2009/07/19 19:50:57 (permalink)
    I picked up a book called Nuclear Survival Skills by Cresson Kearny just because it was free. It was written back in the 80's so there is a lot of talk about the Commie Red's but it was a pretty interesting book over all.

    He writes about preperation, myths and facts about what would happen i.e. that it isn't neccessarily the end of every thing. Then goes on to talk about finding water, food and basic survival.

    As for what I'd do, probably curl up in a fetal position and cry myself to sleep
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    Re:Tips for surviving after a nuclear war 2009/07/19 19:51:54 (permalink)
    I live just around the corner from this:



    fortunately its quite well signposted


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    Re:Tips for surviving after a nuclear war 2009/07/19 19:52:37 (permalink)
    I hope Im right underneath a bomb tbh.

    Living in London thats highly likely.

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    Re:Tips for surviving after a nuclear war 2009/07/19 19:55:08 (permalink)
    This stuff used to fascinate me - If you're not killed outright or by rad poisoning in the next 8 weeks you'll probably develop some form of cancer before you can say 'massively elevated background radiation'.

    Enjoy
    I think in todays climate, a single detonation by a terrorist group is more likely than pan global nuclear war.

    I bought a copy of Protect and Survive on VHS if you'd like to borrow it - it's b0llocks although the section on burying dead family members is amusing.




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    Re:Tips for surviving after a nuclear war 2009/07/19 20:09:17 (permalink)
    rightyho

    Active mind and camping thread got me thinking - how would you approach a post-nuclear environment?  i'd survive 

    Give up? only any1 that held me back 

    Dig a hole in your floor and hide down there? maybe not the best move on the 6th floor 

    High tail it to some remote place assuming you could get there? deffinately the best option, get some supplies, mainly cutting tools, if youv got the knowelge you can make anything from the right tools, means to catch food, shelter, drills to make fire, and the obvious protection against the radioactive mutents 

    How would you trap food (irradiated food at that?) plenty of ways to catch food, fishing, rope traps for birds and foxes, made from rope i would have crafted from vines/dried grasses/nettles, worst case- girlfirend, nabours   

    Purify water? boiling, gets rid of most nastys except the odd virus, and the radioactivity id take my chances to be honest

    Preserve your sanity? masterbation

    Protect yourself? my own cunning 

    Assuming the planet's gone boom and it's every man for himself, what's the gameplan? survive, get somewhere high up and remote, probably scotland, kidnap ray mears if that on the cards, also a none mutated female to procreate the species

    A little light thinking for a Sunday evening....



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    Re:Tips for surviving after a nuclear war 2009/07/19 20:12:10 (permalink)
    My plan, in a nutshell, is actually that, hide in a nutshell, cunning or what .
     
    Seriously though, if I survived the initial blasts etc and was mobile I`d round up the kids and as much canned food as possible and head North, if not I`d go down in the cellar again with all the canned food, block everywhere off and hope for the best, I`ve made a safe room in the past a la 1980`s public information film, call me cynical but I didn`t like the look of the old table, some curtains and a mattress.
    post edited by H20 - 2009/07/19 20:19:32

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    Re:Tips for surviving after a nuclear war 2009/07/19 20:19:49 (permalink)
    I'm immortal so tbh it won't affect me that much, although I guess there won't be so many people in General to banter with.  Perhaps we need to ship key Generalites out to a protected location so they can continue the banter for the sake of mankind.

    Now who should we put on the list?
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    Re:Tips for surviving after a nuclear war 2009/07/19 20:24:55 (permalink)
    I think I'd neck some of that death juice we were discussing the other day...I'd have to source some first like.

    I may get on to that straight away in anticipation
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    Re:Tips for surviving after a nuclear war 2009/07/19 20:34:37 (permalink)
    If you`re in charge Erekose I think I should be on that ship, I`m sure the last thing you`d want is some pecker telling you to change the track coz "your music`s sh1t innit" .

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    Re:Tips for surviving after a nuclear war 2009/07/19 20:44:23 (permalink)
    Firstly it would have to be a pretty bloody serious war to truely bring about what most would call a 'nuclear holocaust', and create an apocalypitic environment.

    I think most overestimate the power of Nuclear Weapons. People think of the Hiroshima Bomb (15 Kilotons)  and think how devastating it was. Newsflash, a bomb that large would create a radius of only 2km.

    Even the largest Nuclear Explosion on record (50 Megatons), would only create a thermal and pressure radius of 25 km. Obviously fallout included it will affect a larger area but still not anywhere near the whole of the UK.

    A serious amount of Nuclear weapons would have to be thrown around to create complete destruction.

    Oh and enjoy blowing up your city of choice with this little simulator:

    http://www.carloslabs.com/node/20


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    Re:Tips for surviving after a nuclear war 2009/07/19 21:09:10 (permalink)
    Let's assume it's a biggie then.
    Or Neb has let rip after a night on the curries.
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    Re:Tips for surviving after a nuclear war 2009/07/19 21:13:41 (permalink)
    Internally bleed to death through radiation poisoning, I'm unlucky like that.  Before I went, I'd lead the resistance to success against all the plebs remaining.

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    Re:Tips for surviving after a nuclear war 2009/07/19 21:17:32 (permalink)
    Neb

    You'd do a lot worse to have a few of these around the place mate in such an event


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    Hardly a priority.  The first thing to secure once realisation sets in would be an arsenal that would be equal to a bad day in baghdad.

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    Re:Tips for surviving after a nuclear war 2009/07/19 21:18:17 (permalink)
    An atomic blast isn't as bad as people think- you could survive a close but indirect blast from pretty close if you had the nounce to respond quickly, IE take cover, not look at the flash, etc.

    The initial radioactive fallout is the biggest immediate problem- avoid that for a few weeks and then you'd just be forced to live in highly radioactive environment which would make you ill long-term, but day to day life in it wouldn't be unlivable.

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    Re:Tips for surviving after a nuclear war 2009/07/19 21:18:49 (permalink)
    LMC

    Option 1 - probably give up to be honest. It's all very well surviving and hopefully still being with my nearest and dearest but a post-nuclear environment doesn't sound like something I'd want to live in.

    Survival per se in that instance wouldn't be high up on list of priorities.


    Agree.If my local off-licence is destroyed then life is not worth living anyway.
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