Governments at all levels have made and are continuing to make preparations which will reduce the number of casualties, safeguard survivors and contribute to the capacity of this nation to survive and recover from such a tragedy as nuclear war. The purpose of this booklet is to assist individuals and families in making personal survival plans and preparations to guard themselves against the potential dangers of nuclear war.
Many of the precautions which are recommended in this document will serve a double purpose in that they will save lives in peacetime disasters such as flood, tornado, fire, hurricane, blizzard, ice storm or earthquake. Attention has been directed to this important feature throughout the various steps.
It is recommended that all citizens read this document with care to act on the advice it contains and to keep it handy for emergencies. Although governments and communities are planning for survival in the event of a nuclear war, the survival of individuals also will depend upon the preparation that each person makes. Any person that is ready to take the right action before and following an attack will increase their chances of survival.
This pamphlet describes what you can do before and following a nuclear attack. You can greatly increase your family’s and your own protection by taking these Eleven Steps to Survival.
- Know the effects of nuclear explosions
- Know the facts about radioactive fallout
- Know the warning signal and have a battery-powered radio
- Know how to take shelter
- Have fourteen days emergency supplies
- Know how to prevent and fight fires
- Know first aid and home nursing
- Know emergency cleanliness
- Know how to get rid of radioactive dust
- Know your municipal plans