Originally Posted by Joe Brainard
Anybody given much thought to prepping for a nuclear, biological, or chemical attack?
There is no such weapon to prep for. Even nuclear weapons of the greatest power have extremely limited kill ranges. I once tried to create a scenario where the US suffered a nuclear attack as a survival exercise. It came down to "Were you in the blast zone?" and "Were you in the fallout zone?"
Now I'm going to pretend to be an authority on nuclear attacks but I looked at 1) ground level hits 2) above ground detonation and 3) EMP bursts. What I found was that NONE created the casualties claimed and that few States actually had military targets. If you're 200+ miles from the nearest military target in your state, the odds are you will survive. You'll be reading about the strikes in your local newspaper as if they were earthquakes in Japan.
Contrary to what we've been taught, military strikes are designed to take out our military and not our civilian population. The attacker cannot waste a warhead on Pullman, Washington or Poldunk, Illinois. They must all be used to take out our ICBM's, submarines, and B-52's or they can't insure themselves against counter attack.
So you're either in a military target area or you're not. In the one case you die and the other you don't. If you die (and you'll either die immediately or in the first 90 days) there's no sense prepping. And, if you don't die, there's no sense prepping. Society and social order just keep on ticking. There's just less of us and really not a lot less of us percentage wise. Check out what a one megaton blast does (And a 50 megaton warhead does not kill 50X more people.). The info is available online.
"Biological weapons" are also non existent. Oh! Everybody's tried to come up with one, usually based on some outbreak of centuries before. The problem with a biological weapon is that it no knows no borders. If we release a biological weapon in Iran, what's to say it doesn't show up in Canada two weeks later? How do you innoculate everybody in the world except your chosen country of intended victims? It's why biological weapons existed primarily for only WWI.
And chemical weapons? So far, the most advanced chemical weapon is sarin which, unless released in a subway tunnel, is pretty useless.
The same goes for "dirty" bombs. You can kill 10,000 people with one. Yet we have five times that number of people die in traffic accidents. GM, Chrysler, and Ford are more dangerous to us than a "dirty bomb".
My intention is not to spoil the debate. Someone may prove me wrong and, if that happens, that's genuine food for the debate. But, as for me, my survival BOB does not include a gas mask. But I'm willing to listen to the other side to argue it should.
I personally believe the threat we face for survival is not only far more deadly but actually GUARANTEED to happen and within your lifetime.