DORRIS - What to do in case of nuclear attack?

What to do in case of Nuclear Atack?

Nuclear explosions can cause significant damage and casualties from blast, heat, and radiation but you can keep your family safe by knowing what to do and being prepared if it occurs.
A nuclear weapon is a device that uses a nuclear reaction to create an explosion. Nuclear devices range from a small portable device carried by an individual to a weapon carried by a missile.
A nuclear explosion may occur with or without a few minutes warning.
Fallout is most dangerous in the first few hours after the detonation when it is giving off the highest levels of radiation. It takes time for fallout to arrive back to ground level, often more than 15 minutes for areas outside of the immediate blast damage zones. This is enough time for you to be able to prevent significant radiation exposure by following these simple steps:


  • Get inside the nearest building to avoid radiation. Brick or concrete are best.
  • Remove contaminated clothing and wipe off or wash unprotected skin if you were outside after the fallout arrived.
  • Go to the basement or middle of the building. Stay away from the outer walls and roof.


  • Stay inside for 24 hours unless local authorities provide other instructions.
  • Family should stay where they are inside. Reunite later to avoid exposure to dangerous radiation.
  • Keep your pets inside.


  • Tune into any media available for official information such as when it is safe to exit and where you should go.
  • Battery operated and hand crank radios will function after a nuclear detonation.
  • Cell phone, text messaging, television, and internet services may be disrupted or unavailable.


    Prepare NOW for Nuclear Atack

  • DORRIS Mobile App will alert you on danger and direct you to closest shelter
  • Identify shelter locations. Identify the best shelter location near where you spend a lot of time, such as home, work, and school. The best locations are underground and in the middle of larger buildings.
  • While commuting, identify appropriate shelters to seek in the event of a detonation.
  • Outdoor areas , vehicles, mobile homes do NOT provide adequate shelter. Look for basements or the center of large multistory buildings.
  • Make sure you have an Emergency Supply Kit for places you frequent and might have to stay for 24 hours.

  • Survive DURING Nuclear Atack

  • If warned of an imminent attack, immediately get inside the nearest building and move away from windows. This will help provide protection from the blast, heat, and radiation of the detonation.
  • If you are outdoors when a detonation occurs take cover from the blast behind anything that might offer protection. Lie face down to protect exposed skin from the heat and flying debris. If you are in a vehicle, stop safely, and duck down within the vehicle.
  • After the shock wave passes, get inside the nearest, best shelter location for protection from potential fallout. You will have 10 minutes or more to find an adequate shelter.
  • Be inside before the fallout arrives. The highest outdoor radiation levels from fallout occur immediately after the fallout arrives and then decrease with time.
  • Stay tuned for updated instructions from emergency response officials. If advised to evacuate, listen for information about routes, shelters, and procedures.
  • If you have evacuated, do not return until you are told it is safe to do so by local officials.

  • Be Safe AFTER Nuclear Atack

    Immediately after you are inside shelter, if you may have been outside after the fallout arrived:

  • Remove your outer layer of contaminated clothing to remove fallout and radiation from your body.
  • Take a shower or wash with soap and water to remove fallout from any skin or hair that was not covered. If you cannot wash or shower, use a wipe or clean wet cloth to wipe any skin or hair that was not covered.
  • It is safe to eat or drink packaged food items or items that were inside a building. Do not consume food or liquids that were outdoors uncovered and may be contaminated by fallout.
  • If you are sick or injured, listen for instructions on how and where to get medical attention when authorities tell you it is safe to exit.

  • Hazards related to nuclear explosions

  • Bright FLASH can cause temporary blindness for less than a minute.
  • BLAST WAVE can cause death, injury, and damage to structures several miles out from the blast.
  • RADIATION can damage cells of the body. Large exposures can cause radiation sickness.
  • FIRE AND HEAT can cause death, burn injuries, and damage to structures several miles out.
  • ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSE (EMP) can damage electrical power equipment and electronics several miles out from the detonation and cause temporary disruptions further out.
  • FALLOUT is radioactive, visible dirt and debris raining down from several miles up that can cause sickness to those who are outside.
  • Emergency Kit

    What you should do to prepare for nuclear attack:

  • Ensure you have DORRIS Mobile App on your phone
  • Prepare enough food and bottled water for at least three days
  • Prepare warm clothe to change
  • Prepare portable radio and spare batteries
  • Working flashlight with extra batteries
  • Cell phone with charger
  • Charge your phone
  • Consider each person’s specific needs, including medication.
  • Non-electric can opener or a utility knife
  • Passports, social security cards, immunization records, family records (birth, marriage, death certificates), important telephone numbers
  • Local maps - paper version (Print one here!!!)

  • Make Emergency Plan

    1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings? (DORRIS Mobile App give you emergency alert as standard service)
    2. What is my evacuation route? (DORRIS Mobile App recommend you evacuation routes as standard service)
    3. What is my closest shelter? (DORRIS Mobile App give you list of shelters in your area as standard service)
    4. What is my family/household communication plan in case we separate?