Surviving a nuclear attack.

Picture this: you are sitting on the hotel’s patio, sharing a breakfast with the love of your life. Hawaii truly makes for a beautiful honeymoon destination. You both agree, rehashing your plans for the day. Suddenly, both of your phones buzz. “Weird” – you think, as you simultaneously reach for your phones. “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” So, umm… what do you do now? (Feel free to leave your creative replies to this scenario in the comments.)

This actually just happened last weekend. I am sure that my American readers all heard about it, but people from other countries might have not. For all those unaware – the above text was sent out to everyone in the state of Hawaii, but it turned out to be an “error”. No missile was headed towards Hawaii. A happy ending. At least this time.

Such error also occurred in Japan just a couple of days after the false alarm in Hawaii.

Then, less than a week after the above mentioned incident, I read about an asteroid coming towards Earth at a speed 15 times faster than “world’s quickest manned aircraft”. Are you curious how fast that is? Oh, only 67,000 mph, or 107,826 kmh. Thankfully, it is now believed that it will miss our planet, when it cruises by on February 4th. NASA says that if it was to hit us, it would cause a mini ice-age scenario that would take several years to get over.

These events made me realize something that I did not really want to believe. Namely, that if a catastrophe on such a big scale was going to happen, I might not survive. My loved ones might not make it. No matter how survival savvy I would like to think I am. We think about potential threats every day; be it an illness, a car crash, or a robbery gone wrong, but we push the major disaster scenarios away, due to the low likelihood of them actually happening.

All this made me feel really vulnerable. Perishable. You and I could be gone just like this. *snaps fingers* All sorts of mortality start creeping in. Enjoy the little things in life. Appreciate the important people in your life. Make it known to them how crucial they are to you. Soak up nature when you get the chance. Laugh. Dance in the rain. Enjoy a snowball fight. Write. Read. Learn. Do it all today, because tomorrow might not be here.


In the spirit of nuclear attacks, I would like to share with you some basic survival tips in case you find yourself in the situation from paragraph 1 of this post. I hope you do not. I hope we all die peacefully in our sleep. Or live forever.

  • Do not look at the bright flash of the explosion. It could temporarily blind you.
  • If you are outside, run, get on the ground and cover your head in preparation for the blast.
  • After the flash, expect a loud bang and heavy winds.
  • Once the winds are down, you have 15-20 mins to get inside to minimize the radioactive effects.
  • Waiting it out in a car will not help you. Wooden houses are not the best, either. Look for concrete. Lots and lots of concrete. Ideally with no windows. Go as far below ground as you can.
  • Once inside, remove your clothes (and put them in a zip lock bag) and take a shower, or wipe your body with a washcloth (do not forget the hair). Do not use conditioner, as that will make the radiation particles stick to your hair. Plain soap is fine. Do not forget to blow your nose, wipe your eyes and ears, as well.
  • Be prepared to stay inside for AT LEAST  two days. Hawaian state officials say two weeks might be needed.
  • The attack might destroy your electronics. Your basic “to do” – unplug your electronics from the wall. That reminds me… I should look for that solar powered radio…
  • Hopefully, you have bottled water and canned goods to keep you alive for a bit


While I was further researching these topics I stumbled upon some interviews with Hiroshima survivors, which you can read here. Truly incredible.

Stay golden,



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  1. Haha! I can’t think of a safe enough place to hide.
    I didnt hear about it and can only imagine what the people that received the message felt.
    Thanks for the survival tips.

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      1. Hahahaha, i knew you’ll like it.When i fell depressed i always see the parts from that movie and my mood is changed.

        Btw,this link you display me from time to time shows only Javascript codes.Is that you wanted to show me or this is some kind an error ?

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        1. It’s an error. I mean, I get that link with EVERY comment. So I believe the person who comments does not put it there ( I don’t). I have not figured it out why it’s there… You’re the programmer. Let me know 😉

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        2. Ok, so you got me thinking about that link, and so I researched it. I found out that it is showing up when someone has comment rating enabled. Since I don’t see anyone using it anyway, I disabled it, and hopefully will not get these links anymore.

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  2. That’s really scary..but yeah life is so vulnerable and we really need to appreciate the little things. The gift of life every day is incredible.
    Nice read

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  3. I remember in the 60’s listening to a talk in school on what to do in case of a nuclear attack. The speaker did suggest that if you had enough time, we should pop outside and whitewash the outside of the house – at that point we all cracked up – but I still rember the basics. Great blog.

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  4. Thank you for sharing this. The bathing tip especially with regards to conditioner I had no idea about. A very good reminder of enjoying the small things in life and not taking things for granted since we are all perishable!! I hope you have a great day..

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  5. As horrible as this scenario is, I think it‘s good to be reminded that we won‘t live forever and therefore should pay much more attention to our loved ones and to enjoy our lives as much as possible. Thanks for inspiring.

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    1. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. Please let me know if it persists. It might be because there’s a lot of content on my main page. This is something I plan on working on, but not until in a few months due to life.


  6. Holy shit, this post poses a scary thought, doesn’t it? To be honest, I have no idea what I would do. Purchase a litre of vodka and sit and read this blog post again? (hahaha) … Not gunna lie, I feel like the people who have already made underground huts to survive shit like this are winning at life. Maybe that’s what we should do?

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    1. I wouldn’t mind your idea of passing the time. But yes, bunkers are cool. The only thing is that I feel you have to be somewhat situated in a specific area. Meaning, you are going to live in the same place for the rest of your life. If you travel and keep moving about, then it kind of defeats the purpose.

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Faerie Tales and Fantasy Worlds


writing science-fiction and fantasy since tomorrow

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