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How to Survive a War

Modern weapons of mass destruction mean a large world war has the potential to be more destructive than any we've seen before. Here are some steps you can take to give yourself a fighting chance.


  • Step 1: Get some basic medical training: learn CPR and take a first-aid class. If you want to be even better prepared, consider taking emergency medical technician classes.
  • Step 2: Bone up on basic farming, hunting, fishing, foraging, and food preservation techniques in case the war displaces you and meeting your basic needs becomes your full-time job. Knowing how to live off the land is one way to help ensure that you survive a war.
  • FACT: 58 percent of Americans believe there will be another world war by the year 2050.
  • Step 3: Keep cash on hand. If your area is under attack and the electricity goes, you're not going to find a working ATM; if computer networks are down, credit cards aren't going to work, either.
  • TIP: Have water purification tablets to ensure safe drinking water.
  • Step 4: Build an underground fallout shelter and stock it with canned food, water, a radio and flashlight with extra batteries, and medical supplies. Include potassium iodide in your first-aid kit; it can protect your thyroid from the radioactive iodine fallout of a nuclear event. Ready-made bunkers are also available; some come fully stocked with food, water, and other supplies.
  • TIP: Squirrel away some military MREs -- Meals Ready to Eat. You can find them at army supply stores.
  • Step 5: If you live in a city that's likely to turn into a war zone, be prepared to flee to a rural location in order to survive. If you can afford to, buy land in a remote area and install a bunker. Otherwise, store enough camping supplies to hunker down for several months.
  • Step 6: Look online for a CBRN suit and mask to protect yourself in the event of a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear attack.

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