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  • Action 1: Obtain broad community backing and understanding of nuclear incident preparedness to sustain the program over time. 
  • Action 2: Conduct an ongoing public education program to inform the public about the effects of a nuclear detonation and how they can protect themselves. 
  • Action 3: Enable building owners and operators—from individual householders to skyscraper managers—to assess shelter attributes and to teach others. 
  • Action 4: Strengthen the region’s ability to deliver actionable public warnings following a nuclear detonation through well-chosen technologies and organizational procedures. 
  • Action 5: Establish a rapid system for mapping and monitoring the dangerous fallout zone to specify which residents need to take what protective action.
  • Action 6: Develop planning strategies and logistical capabilities to support a large-scale, phased evacuation. 
  • Action 7: Integrate, test, and conduct training on the above elements of a comprehensive fallout preparedness and public warning system. 


  • Tenet 1: In contrast to Cold War images of widespread destruction, terrorist-sponsored nuclear threats pose a more contained range of damage and a higher degree of survivability. 
  • Tenet 2:  Not all casualties due to a nuclear detonation are destined to happen; those that result from exposure to radioactive fallout can be prevented. 
  • Tenet 3:  Quickly going and staying inside the closest, most protective building—not fleeing the area—saves lives by minimizing exposure to fallout. 
  • Tenet 4:  Evacuation may further reduce radiation exposure (after initial sheltering), but it only makes sense when sufficient information and logistical capacity exist. 
  • Tenet 5:  An informed public capable of acting on its own can save more lives following a nuclear blast than can a limited number of emergency professionals.


How to Use Buildings as Shelters Against Fallout