The Doomsday Clock was created after the US dropped two nuclear bombs on Japan during WWII; it’s currently 90s to midnight, so it’s essential to be prepared for a nuclear attack now. Additionally, you’ll want to take specific steps to prep your home.

The checklist below gives you an overview of what to do to prepare for the possibility of a nuclear attack. For more details, read our guide to preparing for nuclear attacks.

Why Prepare for Nuclear Attacks?

Preparing for a nuclear attack is a highly sensitive and serious matter. Here are several reasons why you should preparedness:

  • Risk Awareness: Being aware of the potential risks associated with a nuclear attack is crucial. Understanding the consequences can motivate individuals and governments to take steps to prevent such an event from happening and to prepare in case it does occur.
  • Emergency Response: In the event of a nuclear attack, preparedness can help people know what to do to maximize their chances of survival. This includes finding shelter, staying informed, and following government guidance.
  • Radiation Protection: Preparedness measures can include knowledge of how to protect oneself from radiation exposure, such as staying in a fallout shelter, using iodine tablets to protect the thyroid, and wearing protective clothing.
  • Health and Safety: Preparedness efforts can include provisions for medical care, trauma response, and first aid to address injuries resulting from a nuclear attack.
  • Community Resilience: When communities are prepared for emergencies, it enhances their overall resilience. Communities that have well-defined response plans and resources in place can better withstand the challenges of a nuclear event and recover more quickly.
  • Mental and Emotional Support: The psychological impact of a nuclear attack is significant. Preparedness measures may include resources and support services to help individuals and communities cope with the emotional and psychological effects.
  • Global Security and Diplomacy: By taking preparedness steps, individuals and communities can contribute to the broader efforts for global security and diplomacy aimed at preventing nuclear conflicts.

It’s important to note that, in the event of a nuclear attack, individuals should follow government guidance and instructions. Preparedness for such an event should be undertaken with caution and respect for security and safety considerations. While it’s essential to be informed and have a basic understanding of what to do in a nuclear emergency, the prevention of nuclear conflict remains the primary goal for global peace and security.