Practical advice about how to survive a nuclear blast

I never, ever, thought I’d be writing a post like this, but the man in this video – Beau – makes sense. Forget the hat, the beard and the accent. He’s distilled real, practical information from a number of sources, and if you watch the video, you’ll realise how deceptive appearances can be:

Before deciding to share this video I scuttled around trying to find out who this Beau character is, and whether I should listen to him. Is he some mad survivalist who’s plucked a bunch of survival tips from thin air? Or is he someone who actually knows what he’s talking about?

For starters, Beau is a nickname and his real name is Justin King. So…is he putting it on?

”For the record, my accent is what you hear on most of the current videos. I do, at times, play it up still. Beau is a nickname, and the whole thing kind of started as a gag when other journalists found out I had an accent.”

https://www.reddit.com/r/BreadTube/comments/anlbgb/lets_talk_about_beau_aka_justin_king/

That sounds a bit like me and Meeka. I can live with that. But what is Beau, aka Justin King, about?

In his ‘About’ page he says ‘The discussions of a southern journalist who is tired of a lack of common sense’. Is he? A journalist?

According to the FCSR [Florida Citizens for Social Reform] ‘Justin currently serves as the Editor of The Fifth Column, The Pontiac Tribune, Sleeper Cells, and is an outside adviser to Greed Media.’ Okay, so he is a journalist, but what kind of news outlets does he work for?

According to the Media Bias/Fact Check website, The Fifth Column is ‘left biased’ and the reporting is factually ‘mixed’:

The Media Bias article goes on to say:

‘The Fifth Column is a news and opinion website that publishes from a mostly progressive perspective. According to their about page β€œThe Fifth Column provides you with insights that aren’t available on other news outlets. With a focus on long-form journalism and exclusive reports, The Column strives for excellence in adversarial journalism. Our exclusive reports find their way into one of our unique sections.”

The website lacks transparency as they do not disclose ownership and article authors do not have detailed bios.’

So the Fifth Column and Justin King are Left Biased. Tick. Can definitely live with that, but the real question is still ‘how factual is the advice’?

I found the answer to that question on the www.ready.gov website. Almost every thing Beau/Justin King talked about in his video is in the official, US government info sheet on what to do in case of a nuclear attack. The only thing I didn’t see was the info. about conditioner. Everything else was there, but as a way to communicate vital information, Beau’s video does it better. Much better.

So…having done my due diligence, I feel justified in sharing Beau’s advice with you. Chances are none of us will ever need to put any of this advice into practice, but knowing the facts never hurt anyone. By contrast, ignorance kills.

hugs,
Meeks

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37 responses to “Practical advice about how to survive a nuclear blast

  • Remembering Lives

    I have already watched him once too. I remember watching some interesting videos featuring survivors, including one poor man, who had survived both Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I am afraid I have a bit of a warped sense of humour now about all this.

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    • acflory

      To be honest, I’ve been too squeamish to look into the two bombs dropped on Japan. Even the sight of the mushroom cloud in a movie makes me shiver. I blame Nevil Shute and ‘On The Beach’. 😦

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      • Remembering Lives

        I used to love Neville Shute, especially The Pied Piper. I do not know On The Beach. Personally I think we are all screwed. I loved the film Sarah’s Key. The Jewish families sit in The Velodrome in Paris, scared of what might happen. Little did they know what was coming. I do not think any of us know what is coming next either and we should probably be sharing as much love as we can with those we care about right now.

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        • acflory

          lol – thank you! I looked at ‘Nevil Shute’ and knew something wasn’t right but I was too tired to check. Memory is such a poor tool at times.
          On The Beach posits that there’s a nuclear war and the last people alive are in American subs and…Australia. But the air currents move from the northern hemisphere to the southern, bringing the radiation with them; it’s just a matter of time. The end is never in doubt, only how the /people/ will face it.
          I don’t want to think about that particular story coming true. 😦

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  • D. Wallace Peach

    That was helpful, scary, and fascinating, Andrea. Thanks for sharing this. Yeesh. (Also wanted to let you know that Jacqui Murray just reviewed your Innerscape trilogy. Wonderful reviews.)

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    • acflory

      Thanks, Diana. It scared me too, but somehow knowing that there is a chance of surviving the unthinkable blunts the edge a little. And thanks for telling me about Jacqui’s reviews! On my way there right now. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  • Widdershins

    I’ve tucked his video away to watch later tonight. πŸ™‚ … I was politically active in OZ in the 80’s when the threat of a US/USSR driven nuclear winter was a very real possibility, and it’s unfortunate that I now need this ‘refresher’, because as I now live a helluva lot closer to the US that I did in Australia, getting caught in the fallout of a nuclear exchange is not beyond the realms of probability … which sucks! May they (the oligarchs) all get rotting pustules on their testicles and die a slow stinking death.

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    • acflory

      lmao – LOTS of rotting postules. πŸ˜€ And yes, I do understand where you’re coming from. That said, if the US and Russia start playing ping pong with nukes, it’s not really going to matter where you are.
      I’m not a feminist per se, but I’m really starting to believe that the world needs to be lead by women, and not just any women, but women who’ve got kids or grandkids…real, emotional skin in the ‘game’ because this is just plain stupid.

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  • MELewis

    Great share, Meeka! I smiled at your comment on the accent, which for a Canadian is entirely normal as we are exposed to people like Beau a lot in the media and as our southern neighbours. Plus, I spent some time in Florida and the south (Arkansas, Alabama). Most of the people I met there were lovely, even though in appearance the ‘red necks’ make us think of all the Hollywood stereotypes, just like Beau talks about the wrong ideas we have from the movies of what to do when (if, hopefully…) the unthinkable happens.

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  • CarolCooks2

    Oh, dear…for the first time in my life, I admit to being fearful not just for me but for my family…Thank you for doing the due diligence, Andrea..have shared on Monday Musings…

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  • Monday Musings …7th March 2022… | Retired? No one told me!

    […] nothing and that common sense will prevail…which brings me to this video…Andrea from Meeks Mind has done the due diligence…I hadn’t a clue what I would do apart from panic if the […]

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  • Anonymole

    This novel, One Second After, portrays what would happen with high altitude nuclear detonation – EMP inducing bombs. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Second_After. It’s based on a real government report (bottom of that page).

    What Beau explains was news to me. “It’s the fallout that you primarily need to worry about.” And his “2 rings” concept — a perfect heuristic. Won’t ever forget that one.

    Secondarily, and more importantly — later on — is the realization that the destruction of the electrical grid is total. That’s what that novel portrays. That’s what a massive CME will induce. That’s what will kill off civilization.

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    • acflory

      Hi Mole. I haven’t read that book, mostly coz I try to stay away from [realistic] post-apocalyptic novels. I’ll see if I can get the book as a reference if nothing else.
      Yes, the 2 rings bit made me sit up and take notice because…that’s really all you’ll know. I suspect that what he left unsaid was that if you felt it, there’s not much you can do.
      Interestingly, Beau/Justin seemed to think that the accompanying EMP wouldn’t actually fry the entire grid and everything in it. That said, I’m really glad my car has old fashioned window winders. :/

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  • Jacqui Murray

    That was really interesting. 300k viewers! He had excellent common sense ideas. I love how you qualified him (I loved his beard, hat, and accent). I wish everyone would evaluate sources before believing them as you did. BTW, I tend toward conservative (self-reliant, keep the government out of my business–I’ll take care of things myself) and found this guy excellent. He didn’t ping anything that annoyed me! He was definitely self-reliant. What a great statistic–71% survived Little Boy.

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    • acflory

      71% – I know! That really surprised me too.
      I’m a left leaning progressive but I also believe in being self-reliant. πŸ˜€ I suspect that we are all a whole lot more similar than we are dissimilar. πŸ˜€

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  • Chel Owens

    I’m going to watch this now! I love the eclectic information you have.

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  • davidprosser

    Hugs back. I’ve liked and enjoyed Beau for a long time, I just hope we don’t have occasion to put his advice into operation anytime soon. Maybe the insane Mr Putin, will see sense..

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  • Yvonne Hertzberger

    If I learned anything from the Cold War it’s that in the event of a nuclear attack there is only one thing we can do – bend over, put your head between your knees, and kiss your ass goodbye – and if you can’t reach it won’t make any difference.

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  • Scotties Playtime

    Hello Meeka. Good tidings for you and your family. I love the videos that Beau does. I often repost them. He is a true progressive who lives by his convictions. He lives in Florida in the panhandle so is a true deep southern redneck. With a large education. He preaches to never punch down at those who are less able to handle it. He has an interesting past. While he is a certified security expert and has at some point taught police and run private high end security details, including aspects of military operations he doesn’t much talk about, he also went to prison for helping some people escape from desperate situations by forging fake ID documents while coordinating their movements and assisting them to get from point a to b. He admits what he did, never turned on anyone for better treatment even though some used him badly and isn’t shy about it, but also doesn’t brag about it or use it for branding. So he has the training and skills to be authentic about what he talks about on his videos. His videos on home preparedness and what to put in your vehicle for emergencies are a must watch. I am well trained, and I have even learned something from them. I do have some viewers who hate his look and his manner of speaking because they cannot separate that from his message. To them he is just a good old boy hick who they don’t think knows anything. Anyway, thanks for a grand post. Best wishes.

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    • acflory

      Another one who already watches Beau! Rats. why didn’t you boyz tell me about him long ago?!?
      Yes, I did read about his brush with the law but as far as I am concerned, there are crimes and then there are actions that break the law.
      I’ll be honest. I almost stopped watching that video before it even began, and maybe two weeks ago, I would have but…something got me past that ‘shock’ value, and once I started actually listening to him I realise how very smart he is. Brilliant communicator. I mean, even if he had a script, he wasn’t reading from it. In the olden days we’d probably call him an orator.
      I’m definitely one of his fans now. Subscribed and all. πŸ™‚
      Take care Scottie. πŸ™‚

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  • Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    You have read On The Beach, right? Nevil Shute.

    I doubt we’ll survive, meaning husband and myself – no physical ability to do what’s necessary, and need continued supplies of things like prescription meds to function.

    I don’t worry about it.

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    • acflory

      Oh yes. One of the few books I read /after/ seeing the movie. I have the book but haven’t been able to make myself re-read it. On the Beach haunts me still.
      I suspect that luck will play a far larger part in our survival than anything else, but I believe in doing what you can and then not worrying any more. Just hope like hell it never happens.

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  • Matthew Wright

    Years ago I read ‘Arc Light’ by Eric L. Harry, a chilling novel of a limited nuclear exchange and subsequent US-Soviet ground war. He’d done a lot of research and, as far as I could tell, had based his post-strike descriptions on the post-strike planning manuals. The ‘Beau’ video lines up with what I recall of the novel – the novel included a chilling portrayal of thousands dying in traffic jams while trying to drive clear of fallout. (Incidentally, Harry was also a lawyer and a sub-plot involved a Presidential impeachment…which process and language got awfully familiar, recently). It does seem that neither Australia or NZ would be safe if there was a major northern hemisphere nuclear exchange – aside from fallout leakage there’s the nuclear winter scenario. Shades of Shute’s ‘On the Beach’. Ouch.

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    • acflory

      I haven’t read Arc Light, but I have read On the Beach so I have few illusions either. At this point I’m just kind of…angry. If we allow ourselves to be wiped out, then we deserve it and good luck to the cockroaches.
      Btw I’m going to look for Arc Light as well as the book Mole mentioned. Nothing like a bit of light reading. πŸ˜‰

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  • Carol anne

    did we ever think the world would come to this? I sure as hell didn’t!

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    • acflory

      Me neither, Carol anne. I was a 50’s baby so grew up with the Cold War and breathed a sigh of relief when it ended, or seemed to end. Should have realised that while the weapons exist, they’ll be used as bargaining chips. 😦
      Human being truly suck at life.

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