Luma there are youtubes on radiation fallout maps for the US. What you can do is see if you are in an immediate fall out area. If so , you would stay right where you are and there are ways to do a temp fallout shelter but you have to be ready to stay 2 weeks usually in one if you are going to one, or make one. My little bathroom , if I saw a door in half and put that over my shower area and line outside the walls and doorway an area for exiting and for portpotty bucket because I dont want to stuff up the toilet if the water goes off in the town. The walls can be sheltered with stacks of books or metal two inches thick, above too, or earth, like sandbags. food in containers can be eaten.
Take potassium iodide. We have threads on all this stuff, its worth looking at for sure to get ideas. There are dosage info sheets too for people and pets per body weight. Its cheap if you buy it by the jar. Vitacost carries it and so does amazon. The packets are good for BOBs.
Ok, just got the word here ...... as I said to Luma, I might be at risk for the NYC or Chicago attacks mostly, depending on storm fronts and winds and such. ( any cities along Great Lakes, weather tends to come right up my alley here from there). I am in a small town so no immediate danger, but worried about water and go fill all my spare containers and covered pans and set them in the oven or cap them. I don't have any place to store ply wood and take the bedroom door and cut a third of the length off with my handsaw. ( at this point I think its not important that I tick off my land lady.) With bombs hitting Dallas and Los Angeles
I just probably lost my son and his wife and her family in Houston and my dad and some other relatives and my neices, so my land lady can just stick it if she lives through this and finds out how I rigged my shelter inside. I use my handdrill , my step ladder and the screws I already have up on top of the shower as it has a wood edge on top and mount the board over it. I get piles of books and fill it all in , It goes the length of the room to the door. (I said it was a small bathroom), I get more books,( novels, nothing educational or skills types) and stack them out on the hall way wall and put a note on them saying please leave them in place, hoping for the best. I give a good kick to the neighbors door. I dont have time to get the landlady to come in and unlock a chintzy door........ and layer up books and bags of clothes to add some protection ( yea right.......sure...but its better than nothing but wall board )
I put my bed upright on the other wall in my living room and brace it with furniture. Most of its covered. I cannot do anything about the outer wall or the rest of the living room. I do have my jar of potassium iodide. I pray the fallout misses us mostly, or is wearing down fast enough as it travels.
I get two weeks worth of ready to eat food and my portabucket toilet and its gear and my water supply which I put just inside the kitchen. I get a couple changes of clothes and hang them inside my bathroom door on the hooks there and put a pair of shoes in there too. I put two liters of water in the bathroom for the next couple days usage.
I get my crank radio out of its faraday box and crank it up. It does light up so I know it works even if I cannot immediately get a station. Wait, there is a station on , Montreal and Quebec is broadcasting and relaying messages. I set that in the bathroom after clearing the sink counter and get my small cot mattress and pillows and my favorite novels, a notebook and several pencils and pens. I get my first aid kit out and set it on the back of the toilet. The French dictionary and phrase book. My herbal book. My cat. I set up her cat box by the toilet bucket and get her a bag of food and some water bottles for her bowl too. I am not sure if city water is affected but have enough to wait out two weeks or so of fallout stored. I get my cell phone and kindle and laptop and put them in the bathroom in the faraday box I made for them under the sink. They may yet still work since the bombs were ground level explosions and I live a few hundred miles away from the cities bombed so far. Later for those though.
I do a quick sponge bath and put on clean clothes and neatly comb my hair and get my cat inside the shelter area and book in the entrance way area ( I really don't have enough books for this so I do the majority of it and hang layers of blankets ). I set up a vent that is covered for airflow into my apartment and tape window with ducttape inside so its very difficult to lift up from the outside, and would make alot of noise I would hear in case of looters or rescue.
I fold and layer blankets in the shower as its a place I can sit, after putting up the shower curtain carefully as I may find it useful later. I have no light in there but can use the crank radio flash light anytime i want light. I have tea lights, an oil lamp and plumbers candles but its a small bathroom and I dont want to use up oxygen if I can help it.
I settle with the cat on the folded blankets and pillows I gathered inside the bathroom and listen to the shocking reports. I have my sterno kit for tea and coffee, which is set up in the ready to eat bin I placed in the bathroom. I let the cat get comfortable and give her a favorite type of mousie toy to play with and read the directions on the jar of potassium iodide and cut up a tablet for my cat to use over the next several days and take one for now. One in several hours, as a precaution.
And I pray and get out my notebook. Its time to think through what i have in my place if the lights do not come back on.
This is worse size than a fallout shelter or cellar , folks but its only me and my cat . I kept my favorite books and the bible too and notebook for writing in, my kindle if the power comes back on as I dont expect cable to resume or modems to work now. Too many transfer stations overall just got wiped or damaged. But local power might resume. I use a bread pan to set some candle sticks in on the back of the toilet and put one on the sink and settle in with my notebook.
Honestly I have alot of books but not that many . I might be toast but maybe not! Most of those i love are though.
Just call it my lil redneck holler....