On the morning of March 20, 1995, domestic terrorists released sarin gas on several lines of the Tokyo metro system, killing 13 people, severely injuring 50 and causing temporary vision problems for nearly 1,000 others. We would like to think that “it can’t happen here,” but a biological or chemical terrorist attack is highly likely to occur in the next four years on our soil, according to the U.S. government.
It might seem as if effectively preparing for such an attack would be virtually impossible for individual citizens, but there are some things you can do following such an incident to minimize the risk of being injured or killed. Those in close proximity to the release of a deadly nerve gas have little if any chance of survival, but others in the area may have an opportunity to survive if they are prepared.
Check out this great video I found featuring an actual Navy SEAL showing you how to escape from a gas attack and how to deal with an influenza pandemic:
Here are Five Steps to Surviving a Chemical Attack:
- Get away from the area as quickly as possible. You’re not going to be able to help anyone who has been overcome by the gas, but you will risk inhaling the gas if you get to close to where it was released.
- Get your clothes off as soon as you are in a position to do so. Don’t pull garments over your head, but rather rip them to remove them.
- Call 911.
- Wash yourself thoroughly with soap and water. Pay special attention to your hair and armpits, and interlock your fingers as you’re washing your hands.
- Seek medical attention immediately.
What other steps would you recommend taking to survive a chemical attack? What could you do in advance to prepare for a flu pandemic? Let me know your thoughts.