Urban Survival Guide – How to Survive a Radiological Dispersion Device (RDD)

A Radiological Dispersion Device (RDD) is also known as a “dirty bomb” or a “dirty nuke”, and if one goes off in your home town, you will want to have an emergency urban survival plan in place to protect you and your loved ones. An RDD is a form of explosive device that not only results in a deadly blast, but it is also packed with other radioactive materials that are spewed throughout the blasting radius.

Urban Survival Guide to Dirty Bombs

Terrorists can build these bombs rather easily by simply searching online for the instructions. The radioactive materials are very easy to attain through local hospitals, nuclear plants and industrial facilities. These items are much easier to locate than the traditional forms of uranium, but they can be just as deadly.

By planning in advance and determining the protocol that you would follow if such a crisis where to strike where you live or work, you can better your chances of saving the lives of you and your loved ones. The creation of a simple emergency urban survival kit will save valuable time if the need to evacuate instantly becomes a necessity.

RDD’s would most likely be used by terrorist to instill fear and chaos into our society. By having as emergency urban survival plan in place, your panic and anxiety will be significantly decreased. The levels of destruction can vary greatly, depending on the power of the bomb and the radioactive contents inside.

It is not without possibility that the blast area could be quarantined for a very long time, perhaps several months, until the cleanup efforts have been completed. Your emergency urban survival kit will be of great benefit as you try to rebuild your families life while this process is ongoing.

What to Include in your Emergency Urban Survival Plan and Kit

  • When disaster strikes, you cannot assume that your entire family will be safely home in one location.  You will need to formulate a plan that includes an alternate safe location in which all family members will gather and meet within a specific period of time.
  • Select two locations, one that is nearby and centrally located to your children’s schools, your home and your places of employment.
  • Select a second location well outside of town.
  • Make sure that all family members know where your emergency urban survival kit is stored.
  • Include within your kit a 3-day supply of bottled water and non-perishable goods.  Also pack a supply medications, at least one flashlight with batteries, a portable radio for access to disaster information from the governmental response teams, and a small amount of cash for emergencies.
  • Make plans for your pets as well.  Pack a leash and a small amount of food.  You and your pet might have to make a run for it!
  • When designing your emergency urban survival plan, learn the warning systems in place for your local community.
  • When you are deciding upon your final meeting place, you will want to take into consideration the resulting fallout from the radioactive materials of the RDD.  Choose a location that is either underground or deep within concrete walls.  Perhaps you can find a designated area within a local hospital, office building or school. Don’t forget to grab your emergency urban survival kit!