Nuclear attack is possible, how to survive

Published 3:01 pm Friday, March 4, 2022

To the Editor:
In 1914 a single bullet killing Archduke Ferdinand by a Serbian terrorist quickly and unexpectedly escalated into World War 1, killing millions. Experts say the escalatory possibilities of the 2022 Russian and Ukrainian war are limitless. On Sunday, Feb. 27, Putin ordered all Russian nuclear forces on highest alert. Russia could shut down our power grid for months or nuke every large American city and we couldn’t stop them. Putin could use the Samson option. Business is now booming for doomsday bunkers. However, if you have no food it isn’t a bunker or fallout shelter, but a tomb. We should hope and pray for the best but plan for the worst. We know an effect of the war is going to be food shortages and higher food and gas prices. We already know we are going to have record high wheat prices and record high fertilizer prices.
The U.S. government website just updated a page on how to survive a nuclear attack. I’m sure it’s a coincidence. Right? See www.ready.gov/ nuclear-explosion. The U.S. government says nuclear explosions can cause significant damage and deaths from blast, heat and radiation but you can keep your family safe by knowing what to do and being prepared if it occurs. If you are outdoors when a detonation occurs take cover from the nuclear blast behind anything that might offer protection. Fallout is most dangerous in the first few hours after the detonation when it is giving off the highest levels of radiation. It can take radiation fallout more than 15 minutes to arrive on ground level if outside the immediate blast damage zones. This is enough time to prevent significant radiation exposure by getting inside and staying inside. Get inside the nearest building to avoid radiation. Brick or concrete are best. Go to a basement if possible. If no basement, go to middle of the building and stay away from windows, outer walls and roofs. If you were outside after fallout arrived remove contaminated clothing and wipe off or wash unprotected skin. Don’t touch your eyes, nose and mouth. Stay inside for at least 24 hours until local authorities provide other instruction. Cell phones, text messaging, television and internet services may be disrupted or unavailable. Battery operated and hand crank radios will function after a nuclear detonation.
The DEFCON warning system is a private enterprise which monitors world events and assesses nuclear threats against the U.S. and monitors radiation levels. See www.defconwarningsystems.com. It’s not affiliated with a government agency. The public should make their own evaluations and citizens are urged to learn what steps to take in the event of a nuclear war. Experts at the website say, “While there is no reasonable fear of further escalation, Putin of Russia isn’t behaving reasonably. We therefore judge the prospects of nuclear action as ‘possible.’ I agree dictators in the past have suffered paranoia and killed millions without the aid of nuclear weapons.
The Bible predicted we would have wars and rumors of war and everything would be shaken in the end days. The Bible predicted among other things in 2 Timothy 3: “this know also that in the last days perilous (dangerous) times shall come.” We can’t close our eyes and pretend nuclear weapons don’t exist, and can’t fight it with our heads in the sand thinking happy thoughts. As the Bible says in Lamentations “it is because of the Lord God’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is God’s faithfulness.” Citizens need to learn what steps to take in the possible event of a nuclear war. Hunkering in your bunker or basement is good. Trusting Jesus is best! Nuclear action is possible but Jesus coming is without doubt. Jesus is more powerful and faster than any nuclear missile. It is written, “In a moment in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” Rapture is in the air. So I will see you here, there or in the air!

D.D. Nave
Elizabethton

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