SRINAGAR: In an unprecedented move sparking fear and alarm amid heightened Indo-Pak tensions across the LoC in Kashmir, the J&K police has issued advertisements with elaborate dos and donts in case of nuclear war.
It was not clear whether such advisories had been issued in other states.
Brought out by the Jammu-based inspector general of police (home guard, civil defence and the state disaster response force, or SDRF), the advertisements advise construction of underground bunkers and outline a standard drill to be followed in case of a nuclear blast.
In measures that could help save a lot lives in case of the unthinkable, but capture the horrors of a nuclear war in chilling detail, the police has outlined a host of steps, right from diving to the ground after the flash, up to stocking and replenishing essential supplies in bunkers and basements.
The advisory asks people to construct basements “where the whole family can stay for a fortnight to protect themselves from nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons.”
In case no basement is available then in an open space in front of your house, construct bunkers as in conventional war, as some protection is better than no protection,” the advisory reads.
It asks residents that they should stock the shelter with “non-perishable foods and water to be replaced regularly before getting unhygienic.”
“Construct toilet facilities at the basement, store ample candles and battery lights, remove stock of flammables, if any,” It says.
People have been asked to keep battery operated miniature transistor TV sets in the basement to listen to instructions announced by the civil defence authorities. There are wide ranging instructions including how to take hygienic food in the basement.
If a person is under open sky during nuclear attack, he, according to J&K police, should “immediately drop down on ground and remain in lying position.” He should protect his eyes and face by covering it with his hands. And at the same time he is advised to protect his ears with fingers to prevent ear-drum rapture. “Stay down after the initial shock wave, wait for the winds to die down and debris to stop falling.”
“If blast wave does not arrive within five seconds of the flash you were far enough from the ground zero and initial radiation exposure will not exceed 150 rads,” the notice reads. “If in a vehicle on detection of flash, dive from the vehicle to face down in prone position. Dive in the direction of the flash to avoid the vehicle over turning on you due to blast.”
If you survive nuclear blast, then according to J&K Police, you should “stay down under cover until debris stop falling.” Police says you should also stay calm. “Blast wind will generally end in one or two minutes after burst and burns, cuts and bruises are no different than conventional injuries. Dazzle is temporary and vision should return in few seconds,” the notice reads.
“If surviving the blast, the chance of being exposed to lethal dose of radiation is relatively small unless located in an early fall out area. Expect some initial disorientation as the blast wave may blow down and carry away many prominent and familiar features. Beware of weakened structures and trees from collapsing.”
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