Surviving a Chemical Attack

Chemical agents, including vapors liquids, aerosols, and solids will have a toxic effect on other people. They can be released in bombs, or even sprayed from boats, vehicles, or aircraft.  They are oftentimes used as a liquid to help create a hazard for the environment. Other times, they’re used to combat attacks from disease and viruses, such as in the case of the coronavirus. They usually are tasteless and odorless, and they can have both an immediate and a delayed effect of up to 48 hours.

While they are lethal and harmful, usually, they’re very hard to deliver in lethal concentrations, since it’s very hard to keep it at a lethal level in the outdoors.  But, they are still dangerous, since they come without warning, and it can cause issues with breathing, losing coordination, nausea, and of course, a burning sensation in your nose, lungs, and throat, and of course, it might also affect you in other ways, especially if you have asthma or other respiratory conditions. Usually, you can see these in the form of dead insects or birds.

So how do you prepare for something that’s usually not redetermined? Well, before you a chemical attack, you need to have a roll of duct tape and scissors in your bag, plastic for your windows, vents and doors.  You may want to plastic sheet every opening too. You should also choose an internal room without windows and is on a higher level.

During this, you should turn off all ventilation, and also make sure to close every door and window. Turn off the A/C, furnace, and of course, vents and fans. You should seek shelter in a room without windows and with a disaster supplies kit. Seal the room with plastic sheeting and duct tape if there are windows or orifices.  You should then get your radio out and listen to instructions from the authorities.

If you’re in a contaminated area, move in an upwind from the source, and find shelter as fast as you can.

What do you do after a chemical attack? Well, decontamination is needed, since within minutes of exposure you will have health issues. Don’t’ leave the shelter safety in order to go outdoors until the authorities say so. It can be different for everyone, and you should make sure you decontaminate yourself before helping others.

Always use extreme caution when dealing with those exposed to agents. From there, removal all clothing and other items on the body.  You should remove them off your body not over your head, but instead, cut them apart. Put them in a plastic bag to seal it, then decontaminate with soap and water. Remove glasses and contact lenses, making sure that the glasses are put in a bag with blech then rinse and dry.

Flush your eyes with water, wash your face ad hair with soap, and then water before rinsing thoroughly. You should make sure to blot and scrape other contaminated areas. Finally, change into uncontaminated clothes, and from there, move to a medical facility for further treatment

With all of this in place, you should be able to survive even the worst of all chemical attacks, and you’ll be able to, with this as well, ensure your own safety, and make it possible for you to have a better experience. It can be a scary thing, and sometimes chemicals are used to help decontaminate areas, but they’re harmful to humans. Always use caution when chemicals are involved, since you never know how much of this it can affect in the long haul.