How to Survive a Nuclear Attack

Yesterday, a friend pointed me to this video by Irwin Redlener1 on how to survive a nuclear attack. Over 30 years ago, Bruce R. McConkie stated:

We do not say that all of the Saints will be spared and saved from the coming day of desolation. But we do say there is no promise of safety and no promise of security except for those who love the Lord and who are seeking to do all that he commands.

It may be, for instance, that nothing except the power of faith and the authority of the priesthood can save individuals and congregations from the atomic holocausts that surely shall be.

And so we raise the warning voice and say: Take heed; prepare; watch and be ready. There is no security in any course except the course of obedience and conformity and righteousness.2

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For additional information on surviving a nuclear detonation, wikiHow provides the following advice:

  1. Keep an eye on the news.
  2. Learn as much as you can about the different types of nuclear weapons; e.g. fission, fusion, and EMP weapons.
  3. Seek shelter immediately.
  4. Remeber: it’s not the initial blast that creates the high death toll; it’s radiation exposure.
  5. Know the types of radiation particles; e.g. alpha, beta, and gamma.
  6. Begin reinforcing your shelter from the inside.
  7. Plan on staying in your shelter for a minimum of 200 hours (8-9 days). Under no circumstances leave the shelter in the first forty-eight hours.
  8. Ration your supplies.
  9. Wear all clothing (hats, gloves, goggles, closed sleeve shirt, etc.), especially when outside to help prevent Beta burns.
  10. Treat radiation and thermal burns.
  11. Feel free to assist people with radiation sickness, also called Radiation Syndrome.3


  1. Redlener “is the author of Americans at Risk: Why We Are Not Prepared for Megadisasters and What We Can Do Now (Knopf, 2006). Dr. Redlener is president and co-founder (with singer song-writer Paul Simon) of The Children’s Health Fund (CHF), director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness and Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Redlener was recently appointed to the congressionally-established National Commission on Children and Disasters.” (“Irwin Redlener”. Wikipedia. 2 May 2009.) This video can also be found at Irwin Redlener on Surviving a Nuclear Attack on
  2. McConkie, Bruce R. “Stand Independent Above All Other Creatures”. April 1979. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 2 May 2009.
  3. How to Survive a Nuclear Attack“. wikiHow. 2 May 2009.

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  1. Phouchg’s avatar

    Your blog is in a time warp – or is this 1962?

  2. Greg’s avatar

    Nope. At least I don’t think so, especially after considering Thomas S. Monson’s last conference talk Be of Good Cheer.

  3. Derrick’s avatar

    I like this very much! I think it is always good to know of things that we don’t talk about very much, or at least myself. Knowing these things for a Nuclear Attack could be very useful. Thanks.

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