This is not going to make for easy reading.
For those of a sensitive nature,
I suggest you skip this one.
I make no apologies for what I’m about to scribble as the gruesome truth often gets swept aside by false hope and ill thought out B.S. bravado and inconsequential advice from within the prepping and survivalist world.
IMHO the military top bass and politicians (some of the most flaky and stupid beings on this planet) will kill us all to prove some worthless point. To that end they have created the worst weapons of mass destruction right up to planet killers. They are also currently building up their existing stockpile and developing new ways to destroy the world.
Now you know where I’m coming from.
So, let’s talk EMP.
Any nuclear weapon detonated in outer space, 30 kilometers or higher, will generate a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (HEMP) damaging all kinds of electronics, blacking-out electric grids and collapsing other life-sustaining critical infrastructures. No blast, thermal, fallout or effects other than HEMP are experienced in the atmosphere and on the ground.
For me, I kinda like that idea as being slow roasted by nuclear fallout or flash fried by a nuclear popper is not exactly on my wish list.
It’s unlikely a single ‘clean’ EMP device will be triggered overhead by an enemy and that would be the end of it.
I see that as the trigger for a full nuclear response and I am thinking about MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) from the subsequent nuclear exchanges.
So worrying about whether your electronics survive is only a tiny part of what you are going to have to deal with.
As for using a radio or landline, even if it is only to listen.
All local comms will be useless during and immediately after the exchanges and distance comms virtually none existent for a longer time as the upper layers of the atmosphere reel under the damage all those poppers will cause.
NBC Notes 1974
Yet, if you did survive the initial pops, there would be no sensible access to the outside for a minimum of 14 days, no public utilities or services whatsoever (possibly for ever), massive numbers of contaminated casualties, no supply chain you could access safely, the collapse of civilization and the rule of law, to worry about.
After all that would come a nuclear winter and after that?
Does anyone really think they will come out of this scenario unscathed and carry on as usual until the world resets? If you do, whatever you’ve taken, can I have some?
If we survive the initial exchanges, we have plans to sit out the suggested 14 days of yesteryear Cold War thinking. Hopefully when we go out for the first time all the local ‘casualties’ would have perished.
BUT, cutting to the chase,
Even if we did survive,
Would it be worth it?
Let us talk about ARS (Acute radiation sickness).
This is caused by exposure to high levels of external radiation.
It has variable death rates and timescales.
The four stages of ARS are:
- Prodromal stage (N-V-D stage): The classic symptoms for this stage are nausea, vomiting, as well as anorexia and possibly diarrhea (depending on dose), which occur from minutes to days following exposure.
The symptoms may last (episodically) for minutes up to several days..
- Latent stage:
In this stage, the patient looks and feels generally healthy for a few hours or even up to a few weeks.
- Manifest illness stage:
In this stage the symptoms depend on the specific syndrome and last from hours up to several months.
- Recovery or death:
Most patients who do not recover will die within several months of exposure. The recovery process lasts from several weeks up to two years.
What about fallout?
Rich with Alpha, Beta, and gamma emitting particulates which being close to, inhaling, ingesting, or the particles entering through your wet membranes (eyes) or cuts and abrasions, they will poison you, over time. Not forgetting the radio iodides in the ground water that can’t be easily filtered or distilled out.
There are the long term cancer risks which few like to think about and, with the collapse of medical support from the foreseeable future? Long term survival isn’t exactly looking good.
I don’t know who said it but Plato and George Santayana are two names bandied around, although not even the ex-spurts really know. This phrase always comes to mind when I’m thinking about long term survival after a full on MAD attack.
Only the dead have seen the end of war.
Now my bit.
And some may not be so lucky.