This booklet focuses on the ultimate disaster—nuclear attack. It discusses what individuals and families can do to improve their chances for survival in the event of a nuclear attack on the United States. Basic information is provided on the physical effects of a nuclear detonation, attack warning signals, and what to do before, during, and after an attack.
Regardless of the type, size, or severity of an emergency, certain basic capabilities are needed for an effective response: evacuation, shelter, communications, direction and control, continuity of government, resource management, law and order, and food and medical supplies. FEMA developed its Integrated Emergency Management System to focus efforts on building these and other generic capabilities needed to cope with a wide range of hazards.
This is a guideline from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to protect lives and reduce property loss from disasters and emergencies, and specifically to provide nuclear war survival instructions. To accomplish this, FEMA works with state and local governments to help them deliver better, more effective emergency management services across the whole spectrum of hazards—both natural and man-made.
This publication provides basic preparedness guidance combined with specific measures useful in national security emergencies, but specifically in nuclear war.
- The Effects Of Nuclear Weapons
- Population Protection
- Shelter Living
- Permanent Shelters
- Expedient Fallout Shelter
- Above-Ground Door-Covered Shelter
- Door-Covered Trench Shelter
- Log-Covered Trench Shelter