My generation (“X”) was probably the last to remember the duck and cover drills of the Cold War. What fun! Memories to last… Recent geopolitical developments have at least temporarily brought back the specter of nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia.
Hopefully that will be avoided. Still, it is a reminded that sometimes faded history comes back to haunt us. And it is wise to prepare just in case.
M.D. Creekmore posted a couple of videos over at The Survivalist Blog on just this terrible subject. Please check out his Nuclear Fallout article today. Therein he draws from our history to sooth the uncertain present and future.
Tales From The Cold War: Nuclear Fallout Survival
Video by Best Film Archives / YouTube.
The first video is an old-school educational film from the 1950s about fallout and post-bombing survival. “Duck and cover!”
It’s amazing and a little sad that this information is still relevant. By the way, if you remember this guy, your old. I’m just saying.
Get in the bunker. The key to surviving is to put as much material as possible between you and the blast and fallout. Timing counts too.
Video by Bright Enlightenment / YouTube.
A more modern educational film – from the 60s.
Again, the key is earth, concrete, or steel between you and the radiation. The more material the better. The bunker or basement or wherever should be well supplied. You must prepare to be “underground” for as long as needed.
These films have a slightly corny feel and look. However, they do provide useful information. Here, we see that life can go on in the bunker. Things are not so cheery outside.
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Things have changed for the better, many at least, over the past 30 or so years. Still, problems in the Ukraine and Syria remind us of the past. Then, there is the ever-present stupidity of Washington D.C.
Nuclear war is not very likely. That is good as an all-out war would leave no survivors. It’s a true no-win scenario. But a limited war would devastate life the world over.
Use Creekmore’s reminders from the former America to plan just in case. An ounce of fallout prevention is worth a pound of radiation poisoning.
PS: Through these videos, you can teach your kids the fun we used to have in school. Remember all that?
PPS: I never really though my flimsy school desk would do much to stop a hydrogen bomb blast. You?
Perrin Lovett writes about freedom, firearms, and cigars (and everything else) at www.perrinlovett.me. He is none too fond of government meddling.