How to Survive a Nuclear Holocaust - Courtesy of Introversion - 28/04/2007

Introversion Software, touted as the last of the 'bedroom programmers' and the genius behind Uplink and Darwinia, have given a great piece of writing about how to survive a Nuclear holocaust.

"It's Global Thermonuclear War, and nobody wins. But maybe - just maybe - you can lose the least."

For the full article and extra details on Defcon, a tense, nuclear based strategy game, check out


- Follow advice of 'elected' officials.
- Wear a sunscreen of at least SPF45 to prevent radiation burn.
- Keep in mind: Bombs will fall every ten (10) minutes for at least twenty (20) seconds, so keep calm, duck low, and remember, it will all be over soon.
- In the event of a nearby nuclear strike of twenty (20) megatonnes or more, expect variable hours of operation in your local stores and businesses.
- Despite what some anti-nuclear exchange activists and Communists tell you, stockpiling food will not help you… but your government can.
- If you see looters, do not join them as they may be Communists. The National Guard will be along soon... to maintain order.
- The taller the building, the safer you are.
- The shockwave from nuclear explosions is very similar to your everyday earthquake. For maximum personal security, stand in a door frame.

And remember, nuclear exchange is for national security and your long-term protection. So put your best face forward, chest out, and show those foreigners what us Brits are made of!

Looks lovely, very original in this day and age


Fallout is dust that is sucked up from the ground by the explosion. It can be deadly dangerous. It rises high in the air and can be carried by the winds for hundreds of miles before falling to the ground. The radiation from this dust is dangerous. It cannot be seen or felt. It has no smell, and it can be detected only by special instruments. Exposure to it can cause sickness and death. If the dust fell on or around your home, the radiation from it would be a danger to you and your family for many days after an explosion.

Radiation can penetrate any material, but its intensity is reduced as it passes through - so the thicker and denser the material is, the better. However, even the safest room in your house will not be safe enough!

You need to build a fallout room and an inner refuge within it to protect your family from the radioactive fallout of a nuclear blast which you may have to live in for up to 14 days after an attack. Let's face it, after that length of time in confinement with other family members you may be wishing your shelter hadn't been so effective. If this is the case do not listen to the following advice…

1) Choose a space furthest from the outside walls and roof. Use the cellar or basement, if you have one, otherwise a hall, room, or passage on the ground floor.

2) Block windows and any other openings to protect against radiation.

3) Thicken the outside wall and floor with the thickest, densest materials you can find. Bricks, concrete, building blocks, timber, boxes of earth, sand, books and furniture are best. You might need to make a family day trip to your local beach – sand is your best protector, stock up on it!

If a bomb drops on you, everybody dies. However, if it just misses you, follow the below instructions to try and survive!

Your inner refuge shelter situated within the fallout room will provide extra protection for the first 48 hours. Here are some ideas to make it extra safe:

Lean-to shelter
1. Construct your 'lean-to' using sloping doors or strong wooden boards and lean them against an inner wall. To stop them from slipping, hammer them to the floor. Anchor further protection to the slope of your refuge using bags or boxes of earth and sand, books or even clothing! (Check with the female members of the family first.)

Table shelter
2. If you like, use a large table instead as your fallout shelter, surrounding it with heavy furniture and boxes. Make sure it's large enough for you and your family to fit in underneath.

Cupboard shelter
3. Use the cupboard under your stairs if it's accessible. Put bags of sand and earth on the stairs and along the wall. If the stairs are on an outside wall, strengthen the wall outside in the same way to a height of six feet, mind your head!


- Walkie Talkies
- Special Respirators and Protective Suits
- Compressed Air Cylinders
- Transistor Radios
- Camper's Cooking Stove
- Packets of Seeds
- Garden Forks
- Small Arms: Rifles, Shotguns, Signal Flares
- Jammy Dodgers
- Field Telephones and big reel of telephone wire
- Scrabble or other long-winded board games
- Flash Lights
- Decontaminating Fluids
- One Rubber Chicken
- Dosimeters
- Wellington Boots

An example of a homemade fallout suit.

Materials - Obtain or make a one-piece suit, preferably zip-fastened. We recommend the following:
Tracksuit / Shellsuit
Boiler suit
- Ski Suit

You will also need a thick pair of cotton socks, gloves and a hood or balaclava helmet to cover the neck, head and as much of the face as possible. Ingenious survivors may like to consider adapting racing helmets for use as a home-made 'fallout' mask.

Making the suit
Heat 2 gallons of water to 140 F (60C).
Add 1/2 a gallon of liquid washing up detergent, 1/2 a pint of disinfectant, and 1 lb of household soap peelings.
Mix well.
Immerse the suit and other items and leave soaking for 15 minutes.

A duplicate set of undergarments should be worn underneath the protective suit to avoid skin irritation. The protective suit may be made from 'impermeable' materials such as PVC plastic or rubber, however such materials trap body heat and may cause excessive sweating and heat exhaustion.

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