Saturday, August 3, 2013

List of Lists - Chemical, Biological, Radiological & Nuclear (CBRN)

Sorry for the slow posting, life has been busier lately and I've thought about what I was going to do for the next post in the "List of Lists" subject. I've decided to skip the bug out bag and book lists for now. The bug out bag concept certainly deserves a post completely separate from these other subjects. You'll see why later, as a bug out bag is a highly personalized and detailed animal. The subject of books is being skipped for right now simply because I need to do more research on the matter. The book list has the potential to be the longest part of your list of lists because while you can always be stocked on beans, bullets and Band-Aids, you can never be stocked well enough on knowledge and skills. So I will discuss bug out bags and books at a later time.

Therefore, the next subject on the list is the chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) preparation list.

History has seen the use of biological warfare dating back as far as the dark ages. In WWI, chemical warfare was conducted with mustard gas. In WWII, the atomic bomb was the first use of nuclear warfare. While many people view a CBRN type of event as one of the less likely events to bring on TEOTWAWKI, one should be prepared for such an event. The alternative can be painful.

True, in the worst case scenario there may be no way to survive a CBRN event. If such an event occurs right where you're located, it may be the end for you. But in other circumstances, there are some things you can do to maximize your odds of survival. Some of the items that should be included on the CBRN list are:

- Gas mask and filters
- Heavy rubber gloves
- Heavy rubber boots
- Visqueen 10 mil sheet plastic
- Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) suit

The uses of these items are obvious. There are also resources for obtaining the full MOPP suit from military surplus stores and online surplus stores. Ensure that all items you receive are sealed in the original protective packaging.

Duct tape is an obviously beneficial item for securing the sheet plastic over doors and windows, but since it has so many other uses, I'll have it listed in a separate section of the list of lists.

The CBRN threat is admittedly one of the less likely events to happen. However, the entire point of preparing for TEOTWAWKI is to be ready for events that we don't foresee.

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