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Winter Storm Warning
...winter Storm Warning Remains In Effect From 6 Pm This Evening To Noon Akst Monday... * What...heavy Wet Snow. Total Snow Accumulations Of 12 To 16 Inches Are Expected. * Where...white Pass On Klondike Highway, Mainly Above 2500 Feet. * When...snowfall Will Begin Sunday Evening With Greatest ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 3:40pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 12:00pmTarget Area: Taiya Inlet and Klondike Highway

Winter Storm Warning
...winter Storm Warning Remains In Effect Until 9 Pm Akst Monday... * What...strong Winds And Near Blizzard Conditions. Plan On Difficult Travel Conditions. Winds Gusting To 60 Mph Are Expected. Total Snow Accumulations Of 4 To 6 Inches Are Expected. Visibility Will Be Near Zero At Times In Snow And ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 12:53pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 9:00pmTarget Area: St Lawrence Island and Bering Strait Coast

Winter Storm Warning
...winter Storm Warning Remains In Effect From 3 Am Monday To Noon Akst Tuesday... * What...heavy Snow Expected. Plan On Difficult Travel Conditions. Total Snow Accumulations 6 To 12 Inches, Heaviest From The Dalton Highway West. * Where...from The Dalton Highway West. ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 12:53pmExpires: December 12, 2017 at 12:00pmTarget Area: Southeastern Brooks Range

Winter Storm Warning
...winter Storm Warning Remains In Effect From 3 Am Monday To Noon Akst Tuesday... * What...heavy Snow And Blowing Snow Expected. Plan On Difficult Travel Conditions. Total Snow Accumulations Of 4 To 8 Inches, With Localized Amounts Up To 10 Inches Northwest Of Allakaket. Blowing Snow Will Cause Low Visibility Over Dalton Highway ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 12:53pmExpires: December 12, 2017 at 12:00pmTarget Area: Upper Koyukuk Valley

Winter Storm Warning
...winter Storm Warning Remains In Effect From 6 Am Monday To 3 Pm Akst Tuesday... * What...heavy Snow And Blowing Snow Expected. Total Snow Accumulations Of 6 To 12 Inches Expected. Blowing Snow Will Cause Areas Of Low Visibility. * Where...upper Kobuk And Noatak Valleys. ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 12:53pmExpires: December 12, 2017 at 3:00pmTarget Area: Upper Kobuk and Noatak Valleys

Freeze Warning
...frost Advisories And Freeze Warnings In Effect For The Tri- State Area Tonight... ...freeze Warning In Effect From 11 Pm Est /10 Pm Cst/ This Evening To 8 Am Est /7 Am Cst/ Monday... The National Weather Service In Tallahassee Has Issued A Freeze Warning, Which Is In Effect From 11 Pm Est /10 Pm Cst/ This ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 11:47amExpires: December 11, 2017 at 7:00amTarget Area: Coffee; Dale; Geneva; Henry; Houston

Freeze Warning
...freeze Warning Remains In Effect From 1 Am To 9 Am Est Monday... * Temperature...27 To 32 Degrees For 6 To 8 Hours Tonight. * Impacts...freezing Temperatures Can Harm Vulnerable Plants, Animals And Those Sensitive To Cold. Areas Of Inland Frost Are Expected Tonight ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 9:37pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 9:00amTarget Area: Alachua; Baker; Bradford; Clay; Inland Duval; Inland Nassau; Marion; Putnam; Union

Freeze Warning
...freeze Warning In Effect From 4 Am To 8 Am Est Monday... .a Cold And Dry Airmass Will Remain In Place Across The Area Tonight. Light Winds Will Allow Temperatures To Fall Below Freezing For A Few Hours Toward Sunrise. ...freeze Warning Remains In Effect From 4 Am To 8 Am Est Monday... ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 8:25pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 8:00amTarget Area: Coastal Citrus; Coastal Hernando; Coastal Levy; Inland Citrus; Inland Hernando; Inland Levy; Inland Pasco; Sumter

Freeze Warning
...frost Advisories And Freeze Warnings In Effect For The Tri- State Area Tonight... ...freeze Warning In Effect From 11 Pm Est /10 Pm Cst/ This Evening To 8 Am Est /7 Am Cst/ Monday... The National Weather Service In Tallahassee Has Issued A Freeze Warning, Which Is In Effect From 11 Pm Est /10 Pm Cst/ This ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 12:47pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 8:00amTarget Area: Calhoun; Central Walton; Gadsden; Holmes; Inland Bay; Inland Dixie; Inland Franklin; Inland Gulf; Inland Jefferson; Inland Taylor; Inland Wakulla; Jackson; Lafayette; Leon; Liberty; Madison; North Walton; Washington

Freeze Warning
...frost Advisories And Freeze Warnings In Effect For The Tri- State Area Tonight... ...freeze Warning In Effect From 11 Pm This Evening To 8 Am Est Monday... The National Weather Service In Tallahassee Has Issued A Freeze Warning, Which Is In Effect From 11 Pm This Evening To 8 Am Est ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 12:47pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 8:00amTarget Area: Coastal Dixie; Coastal Jefferson; Coastal Taylor; Coastal Wakulla

Freeze Warning
...freeze Warning Remains In Effect From 1 Am To 9 Am Est Monday... * Temperature...27 To 32 Degrees For 6 To 8 Hours Tonight. * Impacts...freezing Temperatures Can Harm Vulnerable Plants, Animals And Those Sensitive To Cold. Areas Of Inland Frost Are Expected Tonight ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 9:37pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 9:00amTarget Area: Appling; Atkinson; Bacon; Brantley; Charlton; Clinch; Coastal Camden; Coastal Glynn; Coffee; Inland Camden; Inland Glynn; Jeff Davis; Pierce; Ware; Wayne

Freeze Warning
...frost Advisories And Freeze Warnings In Effect For The Tri- State Area Tonight... ...freeze Warning In Effect From 11 Pm Est /10 Pm Cst/ This Evening To 8 Am Est /7 Am Cst/ Monday... The National Weather Service In Tallahassee Has Issued A Freeze Warning, Which Is In Effect From 11 Pm Est /10 Pm Cst/ This ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 12:47pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 8:00amTarget Area: Baker; Ben Hill; Berrien; Brooks; Calhoun; Clay; Colquitt; Cook; Decatur; Dougherty; Early; Grady; Irwin; Lanier; Lee; Lowndes; Miller; Mitchell; Quitman; Randolph; Seminole; Terrell; Thomas; Tift; Turner; Worth

High Wind Warning
...high Wind Warning In Effect From 10 Pm This Evening To 2 Am Akst Monday... The National Weather Service In Anchorage Has Issued A High Wind Warning, Which Is In Effect From 10 Pm This Evening To 2 Am Akst Monday. The High Wind Watch Is No Longer In Effect. * Wind...east Wind 40 To 55 Mph With Gusts To 75 Mph. ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 3:45pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 2:00amTarget Area: Southeast Prince William Sound

High Wind Warning
...high Wind Warning In Effect From Midnight Tonight To 6 Am Akst Monday Through Turnagain Arm And Portage Valley... The National Weather Service In Anchorage Has Issued A High Wind Warning, Which Is In Effect From Midnight Tonight To 6 Am Akst Monday. The High Wind Watch Is No Longer In Effect. * Location...through Turnagain Arm And Portage Valley. ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 3:45pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 6:00amTarget Area: Western Prince William Sound

High Wind Warning
...high Wind Warning In Effect From 3 Am To 9 Am Akst Monday Along Turnagain Arm And Higher Elevations... The National Weather Service In Anchorage Has Issued A High Wind Warning, Which Is In Effect From 3 Am To 9 Am Akst Monday. The High Wind Watch Is No Longer In Effect. * Location...along Turnagain Arm And Higher Elevations. ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 3:45pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 9:00amTarget Area: Anchorage

High Wind Warning
...high Wind Warning In Effect From 10 Pm This Evening To 2 Am Akst Monday... The National Weather Service In Anchorage Has Issued A High Wind Warning, Which Is In Effect From 10 Pm This Evening To 2 Am Akst Monday. The High Wind Watch Is No Longer In Effect. * Wind...east Wind 40 To 55 Mph With Possible Gusts To 75 Mph. ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 3:25pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 2:00amTarget Area: Southeast Prince William Sound

High Wind Warning
...high Wind Warning In Effect From Midnight Tonight To 6 Am Akst Monday Through Turnagain Arm And Portage Valley... The National Weather Service In Anchorage Has Issued A High Wind Warning, Which Is In Effect From Midnight Tonight To 6 Am Akst Monday. The High Wind Watch Is No Longer In Effect. * Location...through Turnagain Arm And Portage Valley. ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 3:25pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 6:00amTarget Area: Western Prince William Sound

High Wind Warning
...high Wind Warning In Effect From 3 Am To 9 Am Akst Monday Along Turnagain Arm And Higher Elevations... The National Weather Service In Anchorage Has Issued A High Wind Warning, Which Is In Effect From 3 Am To 9 Am Akst Monday. The High Wind Watch Is No Longer In Effect. * Location...along Turnagain Arm And Higher Elevations. ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 3:25pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 9:00amTarget Area: Anchorage

High Wind Warning
...high Wind Warning In Effect From Midnight Tonight To 6 Pm Akst Monday... The National Weather Service In Fairbanks Has Issued A High Wind Warning, Which Is In Effect From Midnight Tonight To 6 Pm Akst Monday. * Location...near The Alaska Range. ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 12:22pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 6:00pmTarget Area: Upper Kuskokwim Valley

High Wind Warning
...high Wind Warning Now In Effect Until 6 Pm Akst Monday... * Location...near The Alaska Range Including Delta Junction. * Winds...southeast Winds Gusting To 70 Mph. * Timing...winds Will Decrease Slightly This Afternoon And Evening, But Then Become Very Strong Late Tonight Through Monday Afternoon. The Strongest Winds Are Expected From Midnight ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 12:21pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 6:00pmTarget Area: Deltana and Tanana Flats

High Wind Warning
...high Wind Warning Now In Effect Until 6 Pm Akst Monday... * Location...through Passes And Along The North Side Of The Alaska Range. * Winds...south Gusting To 80 Mph. * Timing...winds Will Decrease Slightly This Afternoon And Evening, But Then Become Very Strong Late Tonight Through Monday ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 12:21pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 6:00pmTarget Area: Denali

High Wind Warning
...high Wind Warning Now In Effect Until 6 Pm Akst Monday... * Location...through Passes And Along The North Side Of The Alaska Range. * Winds...south Gusting To 85 Mph. * Timing...winds Will Decrease Slightly This Afternoon And Evening, But Then Become Very Strong Late Tonight Through Monday ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 12:21pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 6:00pmTarget Area: Eastern Alaska Range

High Wind Warning
...high Wind Warning In Effect From 9 Pm This Evening To 6 Pm Akst Monday... The National Weather Service In Fairbanks Has Issued A High Wind Warning, Which Is In Effect From 9 Pm This Evening To 6 Pm Akst Monday. * Location...along The Alaska Highway From Dot Lake To Tanacross. ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 12:21pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 6:00pmTarget Area: Upper Tanana Valley and the Fortymile Country

High Wind Warning
...high Wind Speeds Overnight... ...high Wind Warning In Effect Until 4 Am Mst Monday... The National Weather Service In Glasgow Has Issued A High Wind Warning, Which Is In Effect Until 4 Am Mst Monday. * Winds...northwest 40 To 50 Mph With Gusts Up To 60 Mph. * Timing...tonight And Through The Overnight Hours. ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 10:19pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 4:00amTarget Area: Sheridan

Oct 17

What to do if a Nuclear Blast lands on US Soil?

Nuclear Blast

A nuclear blast is an explosion with intense light and heat, a damaging pressure wave, and widespread radioactive material that can contaminate the air, water, and ground surfaces for miles around. A nuclear device can range from a weapon carried by an intercontinental missile, to a small portable nuclear device transported by an individual. All nuclear devices cause deadly effects when exploded.

Hazards of Nuclear Devices

The danger of a massive strategic nuclear attack on the United States is predicted by experts to be less likely today. However, terrorism, by nature, is unpredictable.

In general, potential targets include

  • Strategic missile sites and military bases.
  • Centers of government such as Washington, DC, and state capitals.
  • Important transportation and communication centers.
  • Manufacturing, industrial, technology, and financial centers.
  • Petroleum refineries, electrical power plants, and chemical plants.
  • Major ports and airfields.

The three factors for protecting oneself from radiation and fallout are distance, shielding and time.

  • Distance – the more distance between you and the fallout particles, the better. An underground area such as a home or office building basement offers more protection than the first floor of a building. Shielding – the heavier and denser the materials – thick walls, concrete, bricks, books, and earth – between you and the fallout particles, the better.
  • Time – fallout radiation loses its intensity fairly rapidly. In time, you will be able to leave the fallout shelter. Radioactive fallout poses the greatest threat to people during the first two weeks, by which time it has declined to about 1 percent of its initial radiation level.

Taking shelter during a nuclear blast is absolutely necessary. There are two kinds of shelters:

  • Blast shelters are specifically constructed to offer some protection against blast pressure, initial radiation, heat, and fire. But even a blast shelter cannot withstand a direct hit from a nuclear explosion.
  • Fallout shelters do not need to be specially constructed for protection against fallout. They can be any protected space, provided that the walls and roof are thick and dense enough to absorb the radiation given off by fallout particles.

Remember that any protection, however temporary, is better than none at all, and the more shielding, distance and time you can take advantage of, the better.

Before a Nuclear Blast

The following are things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your property in the event of a nuclear blast.

  • Build an Emergency Supply Kit
  • Make a Family Emergency Plan.
  • Find out from officials if any public buildings in your community have been designated as fallout shelters.
  • If your community has no designated fallout shelters, make a list of potential shelters near your home, workplace, and school, such as basements, subways, tunnels, or the windowless center area of middle floors in a high-rise building.
  • During periods of heightened threat increase your disaster supplies to be adequate for up to two weeks.

During a Nuclear Blast

The following are guidelines for what to do in the event of a nuclear explosion.

  • Listen for official information and follow the instructions provided by emergency response personnel.
  • If an attack warning is issued, take cover as quickly as you can, below ground if possible, and stay there until instructed to do otherwise.
  • Find the nearest building, preferably built of brick or concrete, and go inside to avoid any radioactive material outside.
  • If better shelter, such as a multi-story building or basement can be reached within a few minutes, go there immediately.
  • Go as far below ground as possible or in the center of a tall building.
  • During the time with the highest radiation levels, it is safest to stay inside, sheltered away from the radioactive material outside.
  • Radiation levels are extremely dangerous after a nuclear detonation but the levels reduce rapidly.
  • Expect to stay inside for at least 24 hours unless told otherwise by authorities.
  • When evacuating is in your best interest, you will be instructed to do so. All available methods of communication will be used to provide news and/or instructions.

If you are caught outside and unable to get inside immediately:

  • Do not look at the flash or fireball – it can blind you.
  • Take cover behind anything that might offer protection.
  • Lie flat on the ground and cover your head. If the explosion is some distance away, it could take 30 seconds or more for the blast wave to hit.
  • Take shelter as soon as you can, even if you are many miles from ground zero where the attack occurred – radioactive fallout can be carried by the winds for hundreds of miles.
  • If you were outside during or after the blast, get clean as soon as possible, to remove radioactive material that may have settled on your body.
  • Remove your clothing to keep radioactive material from spreading. Removing the outer layer of clothing can remove up to 90% of the radioactive material.
  • If practical, place your contaminated clothing in a plastic bag and seal or tie the bag. Place the bag as far away as possible from humans and animals so that the radiation it gives off does not affect others.
  • When possible, take a shower with lots of soap and water to help remove radioactive contamination. Do not scrub or scratch the skin.
  • Wash your hair with shampoo or soap and water. Do not use conditioner in your hair because it will bind radioactive material to your hair, keeping it from rinsing out easily.
  • Gently blow your nose and wipe your eyelids and eyelashes with a clean wet cloth. Gently wipe your ears.
  • If you cannot shower, use a wipe or clean wet cloth to wipe your skin that was not covered by clothing.

After a Nuclear Blast

People in most of the areas that would be affected could be allowed to come out of shelter within a few days and, if necessary, evacuate to unaffected areas. The heaviest fallout would be limited to the area at or downwind from the explosion. It might be necessary for those in the areas with highest radiation levels to shelter for up to a month.

Returning to Your Home

Remember the following when returning home:

  • Keep listening to the radio and television for news about what to do, where to go and places to avoid.
  • Stay away from damaged areas. Stay away from areas marked “radiation hazard” or “HAZMAT.”

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