The people of Japan have shown us that if the physical dimensions of a nuclear disaster are dealt with, the human spirit can prevail. During WWII they were hit by a devastating bomb which still reverberates with them up to this day. Their entire military strategy was changed forever and they tend to approach world events with lots of caution. In the meantime they have developed into a country with strong economic output. However the fact that they were able to get over Hiroshima did not really prevent the recent nuclear disaster which displaced homes and raised the distinct possibility of radioactivity. In this article we make broad reference to an editorial that listed some basic survivalist skills. Perhaps these are the things that saved the people in Japan. Can you learn from them?
What is the threat?
There is lots of tension in the world today. Iran and North Korea are showing every sign that they will be nuclear powers in about a decade or even earlier. Israel is running the risk of being pushed out of the Middle East. America is feeling the effects of long imperial wars that are bringing down the economy. Europe is interested in keeping up a social model for its citizens and controlling some of its old colonies in Africa. South America is following in the footsteps of China by developing a formidable economic model that could well rule the world together with India. In these situations there is every risk that war could break out. One of the first steps in survival is the need to understand the risk. If you do not follow world events then you are doomed to being caught by surprise.
Are your prepared?
The preparations for a nuclear bomb start with the individual. First of all you should encourage your politicians to reduce the amount of arsenal in the world. Become that group of independent and informed voters who tend to swing an election. Moreover you have to find a shelter from where you can avoid the worst effects of the bomb. These are both physical and chemical. For example you may construct an underground chamber that is covered by a metallic door which can withstand heat and pressure. Secondly you can establish an independent water, food and oxygen supply just in case you have to hide here for a while. These are the preparations that distinguish a survivalist from the complacent naysayers.
What about the future?
Think about what you would do in case there was a serious disaster. Would you have to change your job and home? Do you have skills that are both valuable and transferrable? These considerations can make all the difference to someone who is trying to get on the good side of things. They also give you plenty of leverage when you are attempting to control the basic outcomes of your service.
Is anyone going to help?
Sometimes the state and the community around you can deal with a threat. In order to survive a nuclear bomb, you may have to rely on the kindness and sense of responsibility within your community. That is why you should not attempt to become isolationist just because you think that people around you may turn into criminals when there is a disaster. There are some good people out there who can be of help.
These are not unrealistic rumblings of a paranoid person. They are the real threats that face the world. Nearly 70 years ago we say how bad things can get if we downplay the threats that face our communities. The World Wars ought to have been permanent reminders but some people are getting complacent once more.