The dropping of a nuclear weapon does not necessarily mean instant death – if you are quick enough to react.

Today’s piece will describe what to do following a nuclear blast, should you be lucky enough to survive it.

The most hazardous fallout particles are readily visible as fine sand-sized grains so you must keep away from them and not go outside if you see them.

If you are still in the fallout zone but are in a shelter, you are advised to stay there for a minimum of up to 9 days.

During this time food should be rationed and lots of clothing worn to prevent the skin being subjected to radiation.

Experts suggest keeping a stash of food and clean water stored in a safe shelter. Along with this you should have working phone lines, a radio, TV, mobile phone and internet connection.

You will also need a medical kit, prescription medicine supplies and a first aid manual.

If you were outside during or after the blast, get clean as soon as possible, to remove radioactive material that may have settled on your body.

Remove your clothing to keep radioactive material from spreading. Removing the outer layer of clothing can remove up to 90% of radioactive material.

If practical, place your contaminated clothing in a plastic bag and seal or tie the bag.

When possible, take a shower with lots of soap and water to help remove radioactive contamination. Do not scrub or scratch the skin.

Wash your hair with shampoo or soap and water. Do not use conditioner in your hair because it will bind radioactive material to your hair, keeping it from rinsing out easily.

Once the bomb has dropped and you venture back outside processed foods are okay to eat, so long as the container has no punctures and is relatively intact.

Remember, we’re all in this together,

Derek Paulson