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This is a comprehensive Field Manual about the impact of a Nuclear Event and how to deal with the immediate consequences and the long term effects. Download it immediately, review the data, prioritize the lists and make a copy for reference. A Nuclear Event is a very REAL possibility. Don’t wish you had this after the fact.

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The Survival Operations Editorial Staff has collaborated to prepare this comprehensive Field Manual to assist you in your preparations in the event of a Nuclear Event.

This FM is divided into 2 sections:

Section 1 –  The Attack!

This Section deals with the immediate events and preparations required if a detonation is imminent or has just occurred – What do you do now that the attack has occurred? It outlines the urgent tasks required to survive. Do you stay or go? How do you manage shelter, food, water and supplies that are necessary to survive the first 2 weeks in a protected environment and what you can do in advance to minimize your exposure and risk? There are priority lists for immediate action. This is crisis management level information.

Section 2 – Nuclear Detonation Plans and Preparations

This Section describes in detail the types of shelter and the impact of time, distance, and shielding as they relate to the radiation fallout including the understanding of the amount of exposure and medical effects of radiation. What types of preparations can you make for food and water that will sustain you for 2 weeks in a shelter and thereafter. What supplies will enable you to deal with the confines of a shelter and how do you prepare yourself for life thereafter; bartering, refugees, weapons, government unrest, etc. How will society deal with the threat of a second bomb and what you can do to maximize your long term situation? The IMPACT after 2 days, 2 weeks, 2 months, 2 years!



The United States Government has been planning and preparing for a Nuclear Event since the cold war in the 1950’s. However, planning scenarios for an unconventional Nuclear Weapon only became prominent in the late 1990’s when the Clinton administration realized the influence of Islamic terrorist cells and their ideological strategy. Osama bin Laden was well known however, after 9/11 the planning and preparations at the highest levels reached crisis level priority. Deterrence and preparedness on a national level has reached the highest priorities. When one considers the potential risk of a nuclear event and the catastrophic impact associated with loss of life, recovery/remediation and the economic impact to our society the planning we must all prepare ourselves for the eventual possibilities of a nuclear event.

June 2004
The Department of Defense prepared a report on ‘Preventing and Defending Against Clandestine Nuclear Attack’. The Task Force found the threat of a radiological attack is serious and there is sufficient need for the DoD to develop comprehensive capabilities to deal with this threat.
“Today, it would be easy for adversaries to introduce and detonate a nuclear explosive clandestinely in the United States. In or near a city, such an explosion would kill a great many people. Any nuclear explosion by an adversary against the United States would have repercussions that could profoundly impact the nation politically, economically, and even culturally in a variety of ways. Events would be set in train that could affect world history, perhaps in catastrophic ways.”
Why this threat should be taken very seriously…
We may be at a turning point in the history of global security. Will the conjunction of the methods of “terrorism” and the technologies of mass destruction become dominant? Nuclear knowledge, materials, and weapons are oozing out of control. Enemies – current and potential — have, are developing, or are seeking nuclear weapons. Clandestine delivery is especially dangerous. Difficulty of attribution limits deterrence, enables third-party provocation in crises.
If a successful nuclear attack occurs – immense fatalities – disastrous turn in history? Common use of WMD? Upset nuclear stability among major powers.
This threat is likely to persist and grow.
“A successful clandestine nuclear attack would have import extending far beyond the
immense immediate casualties. A successful attack on the United States would change how Americans live and perhaps even alter the fundamental nature of democratic institutions in America and throughout the world. It would set in train events that could destabilize the global nuclear weapons regime and lead to fundamental and deleterious changes in the global security environment.”

January 2012
On January 31, 2012 Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, presented the Worldwide Threat Analysis to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in a public forum.
“Never has there been … a more complex and interdependent array of challenges than that we face today. Capabilities, technologies, know-how, communications, and environmental forces aren’t confined by borders, and can trigger transnational disruptions with astonishing speed.”

We begin our threat assessment… with the global issues of Terrorism and Proliferation. The Intelligence Community sees the next two or three years as a critical transition phase for the terrorist threat, particularly for al-Qa’ida and like-minded groups.
Proliferation – that is, efforts to develop, acquire, or spread weapons of mass destruction – is also a major global strategic threat. Among nation-states, Iran’s technical advances, particularly in uranium enrichment, strengthen our assessment that Iran is well capable of producing enough highly enriched uranium for a weapon …”

February 2012
The United States government is planning for the eventuality of a nuclear event. There is new construction at the White House and bunkers have been constructed around Washington DC for the Continuation of Government – COG. The very likelihood of a nuclear attack is real.
There is a clear and present danger.
The Survival Operations Editorial Staff has collaborated to prepare this comprehensive Field Manual to assist you in your preparations in the event of a Nuclear Event.
Survival Operations: preparation & operational security for threatening times.


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Section 1 – Attack!
1.1 Decision Time
1.2 Priorities
1.3 Shelter
1.4 Water
1.5 Food
1.6 Supplies
1.7 Weapons
1.8 Additional Considerations

Section 2 – Nuclear Detonation Planning
2.1 Ground Zero
–The Blast
–Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP)
–Immediately After The Blast
–Radioactive Fallout
–Attack on Nuclear Reactor
–Attack on Spent-Fuel Storage Pool
–Importance of Preparedness
2.2 Government Response
2.3 Impact on Society
–The New America
2.4 Planning Decisions
2.5 Mental Preparation
2.6 Stay or Go?
2.7 Civil Disorder
2.8 Prepare NOW!
2.9 Advanced Shelter
–Typical Shielding Materials
–Commercial Facilities
–Radiation Poisoning
–Long Term Survival
2.10 Water Treatment
–Boiling Water
–Chemical Disinfection
–Iodine Tablets
–Tincture of Iodine
–Crystalline Iodine
–Portable Water Filters
2.11 Food
–Types of Foods
–Storage for Longer Periods
2.12 Supplies
–Recommended Tools and Equipment
–Materials and Fasteners
2.13 Weapons
—-Semi Automatics
—-Combat Rifles
—-Bolt Action
—-Fixed Blade Knives
—-Folding Knives
—-Utility Knives
–Additional Weapons
2.14 Additional Considerations
2.15 Conclusion


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