Can You Survive a Radioactive Zombie Apocalypse? Part Two of Our Three-part Series discusses the Gear You’ll Need to Survive.
Originally published on TS Alan’s blog in May 2014.
As a survivalist/prepper you are well aware of the possibility of a zombie uprising, an earthbound object impact, a total collapse of the world’s economy or another worst case threat scenario that could bring about the mass loss and/or destruction of natural and man made resources that are vital to human survival. You are also acutely aware that the depletion of resources — human, natural and manufactured — will impact the nearly 700 worldwide nuclear reactors causing them to fail and flood may parts of the world with radiation far more catastrophic than Chernobyl.
Being a pragmatic survivalist, you have prepared by mapping out all the nuclear reactors within a 1,000 mile radius of your base of operation, planned your escape routes accordingly, and as an extra precaution purchased yourself a portable Personal Radiation Detector (PRD) for aiding you in detecting any contaminated areas you were not aware of.
Even with all your preparations and precautions, without a backup you don’t have a plan. Strategies, even with the most meticulous planning, in any doomsday scenario can go awry. It is better to err on the side of caution by taking extra preventive measures at assuring your health and welfare, and that is where CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear) protective equipment is essential.
If you suddenly find your precisely prepared escape routes no longer viable, you may need to find another passage in a hurray, and that avenue of egress may skirt or pass through a radioactive hot zone.
Unless your vehicle has CBRN protection, such as a US Army Stryker CBRN or German Army Fox NBC recon vehicle, traversing through a nuclear disaster area in your bugout transportation will only give you minimal protection and leave you with a motor vehicle that will be contaminated and unusable, unless you have the ability to completely decontaminate it.
Let’s face it, unless you find one abandoned, you’re going to be stuck with the transportation you’ve loaded your survival supplies into, which leaves your food and water stocks, along with weapons and ammunition, vulnerable to ionizing radiation. A solution to this — other than packing everything into lead-lined containers — is protecting your survival supplies with a radiation blanket like the high quality DEMRON™ Two-ply Triage Blanket from RST Radiation Shield Technologies that provides protection against X-Ray and low energy Gamma emissions, as well as high and low energy Beta and Alpha particles. A 72″x30″ with a carry case is priced at $850.
Now that the supplies are safe, you’re going to need head to toe protection. A full suit will include a full face mask, a head covering, a one- or two-piece suit, a pair of boots, and a pair of gloves.
The American military land warrior at MOPP (Mission Oriented Protective Posture) Level 4 are issued a complete chemical-warfare protective ensemble (two per Soldier, three per Marine) that includes all of the following components:
- The Joint Service Lightweight Integrated Suit Technology (JSLIST) chemical protective suit, which is a two-piece, lightweight, front-opening overgarment consisting of a coat with an integral hood and separate trousers that can be worn as an overgarment or as a primary uniform over underwear.
- JB1GU or JB2GU nFR Gloves (depending on branch of service).
- A Multipurpose Rain/Snow/CB Overboot (MULO) designed to be worn over the standard issue combat boot, jungle boot, and
- An Acton Lightweight Overboot (ALO), which is an intermediate cold/wet boot.
- A Multipurpose Protective Sock.
- A JSLIST carry bag.
- M50 Joint Services General Purpose Mask (JSGPM) by Avon Protection.
Keep in mine several factors when purchasing your body wear. Individual components are not created equal amongst manufacturers. You will want your suit breathable or you may find yourself overheated and suffering from dehydration. You’re also going to want to make sure your mask has a high flow hydration connection that enables quick and easy fluid intake.
Most importantly remember this: The JSLIST can be worn in an uncontaminated environment for 45 days with up to six launderings or for over 120 days with no launderings, and can be worn in a contaminated environment for 24 hours. When purchasing your suit, make sure it meets the Department of Defense’s requirements or at least as close to it as possible for maximum protection.
Finally, decontamination will be crucial when coming in contact with any CBRN contaminates, and will be discussed my final installment of this series.
If you missed the first installment, you can find it here: