Best places to hide if there’s ever a nuclear attack [Infographic]


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No one likes to think about something as evil and devastating as a nuclear attack, but it can’t hurt to know the basics about how to protect yourself in the event that it happens.

This illustration — found by Erika Engelhaupt at ScienceNews.org — was part of a 2010 government guide and maps out the safest places to take shelter from such an attack.

According to the report, “adequate shelter is defined as shelter that protects against acute radiation effects and significantly reduces radiation dose to occupants during an extended period.”


Examples of adequate shelter:

  • Houses with basements
  • Large concrete structures
  • Large multistory structures
  • Parking garages
  • Tunnels


Examples of inadequate shelter:

  • Single-story wood-frame houses without basements
  • Cars and other vehicles


In the event of an attack, the report stresses, it’s crucial to stay inside or go immediately inside the nearest yet most protective structure. Expect to remain sheltered for at least 12 to 24 hours, and listen for instruction from authorities.

The numbers in the graphic below represent a dose reduction factor: “A dose reduction factor of 10 indicates that a person in that area would receive 1/10 of the dose of a person in the open. A dose reduction factor of 200 indicates that a person in that area would receive 1/200th of the dose of a person out in the open.”

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