Srinagar, Jan 21: From construction of basements to stocking non-perishable food items and staying calm, Jammu and Kashmir Police’s Civil Defence and State Disaster Response Force on Monday issued a detailed advisory to people for protection in case a nuclear war erupts. The advisory comes at a time when there is deterioration in Indo-Pak relations in the wake of LoC skirmishes.
The advisory talks in detail about the steps people should take if there is a nuclear war and the measures needed to be taken during and after a nuclear attack.
“People should construct basements where the whole family can stay for a fortnight (in case of war),” reads the advisory. In case no basement was available, it reads, people should construct bunkers as in conventional war in an open space in front of the house as “some protection was better than no protection.”
The notice advises people to stock the shelter with non-perishable food items and water to be replaced regularly before it gets unhygienic.
“Construct toilet facilities at the basement, store ample candles and battery lights, remove stock of flammables, if any, keep battery-operated miniature transistor, TV sets in the basement to listen instructions being announced by the civil defense authorities,” the awareness notice issued in various local dailies in J&K goes on to add.
DOs DURING ATTACK:
The notice reads that if a person was in open during nuclear attack, he/she should “immediately drop to ground and remain in lying position.”
The persons should protect his eyes and face by covering it with his/her hands and at the same time he/she 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,” the notice reads. “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.”
DOs AFTER ATTACK:
The police notice advises people to “stay calm” and stay down under cover until debris stop falling, emphasizing that blast wind 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. “The chance of being exposed to lethal dose of radiation is relatively small unless located in an early fallout 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.”
The notice goes on to suggest several measures for protection against biological and chemical warfare too.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Home Guard and Civil Defence, Yoginder Kaul said the notice was a normal exercise to raise general awareness among public about disaster management. “It has nothing to do with anything and it should not be connected with anything,” he said.