American Hiroshima

UPDATE: August 4th, 2005
We finished building our bomb shelter!

We started by laying a floor of 2 by 4’s in a space big enough to fit our whole family in a sleeping position. Then we layed boxes over the top of that foundation to create a floor. We then built up walls on two sides, and used the cement of our basement for the third wall. The final wall has an entry way, and it is facing away from the one window in our basement.
On top we placed more 2 by 4’s and then covered them with some old doors. If a nuclear bomb goes off we will stack additional materials on top of the shelter to give more density to the coverage. Inside of the shelter we placed two old mattresses which give us the space of about a king size bed to accomodate our family of seven.

I called in to the Joseph Farah Radio Show today and as I expressed on the show, I believe one of the most important factors in making these efforts is to teach our children that when we are frightened, instead of getting paralyzed, we do something proactive to help ourselves.

August 4, 2005

Jenny Hatch
Original Post:

For the past few weeks I have been reading about a potential “American Hiroshima” that could happen here in America this weekend.

As noted in my newsmax article on Nuclear Survival, our family is prepared to live in our home for months completely cut off from all modern convieniences like electricity, water, and any outside help from society.
Here are some links to the sorts of articles that I have been reading.
World Net Daily Article
George Putnam Column
Nicholas Kristof
Sean Osborne

This story has not been covered in the MSM, as far as I know. It is mostly the blogosphere and various online news sources like World Net Daily that have been promoting the story.

Since the 60th anniversary of Hiroshima is this saturday, I thought I would take a few minutes today to share what our family has been doing this past week to prepare.

For starters, we are psychologically prepared. We have spent years doing the research and mentally preparing for the reality of a WMD attack in America. When I informed my children that we were going to be building a bomb shelter in the basement this week, the children had surprisingly good responses to this plan. My boys, age 11 and 8 asked if they could “play” in the shelter and use it as a fort if we don’t need to use it. I told them maybe, but they understand that this saturday we are indeed going to be ready to enter the shelter and live in it for a few days if a bomb goes off anywhere in North America.

The best book I know of for Nuclear War psychological preparations is Cresson Kearny’s Nuclear War Survival Skills, which is located in it’s entirety on line. For the chapter on psychological prep go here.

For the basics on building an in home bomb shelter go here.
Quote from the book:

BASEMENT SHELTERS
…Earth-covered expedient shelters in a blast area give better protection against injury from blast, fire, or fallout than do almost all basements. But during the more likely kinds of crises threatening nuclear war most urban Americans, including those who would evacuate into areas outside probable blast areas, probably would lack the tools, materials, space, determination, physical strength, or time required to build good expedient shelters that are separate from buildings and covered with earth.

As a result, most unprepared urban citizens would have to use basements and other shelters in existing structures, for want of better protection.
Shelters in buildings, including basement shelters, have essentially the same requirements as expedient shelters: adequate shielding against fallout radiation, strength, adequate ventilation-cooling, water, fallout radiation meters, food, hygiene, etc….
….In the following paragraphs, a way to greatly improve the fallout protection afforded by a typical home basement is outlined. If improved in this manner, a basement would provide excellent fallout protection for several families….
…First, earth should be placed on the floor above to a depth of about one foot. Earth can be carried efficiently by using sacks or pillowcases, using the techniques described in Chapter 8 for carrying water.”
Nuclear War Survival Skills – Page: 46

Our family lives in a townhouse in an urban area, with no dirt available to use to buffer ourselves from radiation. The materials we do have are what we plan to use to build our shelter. Our home is packed with books and food storage. So we have decided to use books upstairs in a one foot depth to provide cover from radiation above ground, and we are going to use our food storage, packed in number ten cans (six to a box) to build the actual shelter. We have hundreds of these boxes, which are very dense and can be stacked to the ceiling if needed.
Last saturday I went to home depot and purchased 16 stud quality 2 by 4’s and we are going to use these to shore up the foundation of the shelter, and stack the boxes over our heads for a roof. My boys and I are planning on finishing the shelter this week. We had a great start on it last saturday with my husband laying the foundation and measuring it so that we all can fit in a sleeping position and will be able to sit up if necessary.

I also found some information in this article on line – go here.
We have a three month supply of water in 55 gallon containers, but I also purchased six cases of water bottles at Sam’s Club, as well as three cases of juice. We also bought two large boxes of Baby wipes for personal hygeine, and a three month supply of toilet paper. I also bought the supplies to make a basement toilet using a five gallon paint can, a toilet seat, a box of garbage bags, and a large container of mulch. After every use of the toilet, a cup of mulch can be thrown on the waste to help dry it up and contain odors until it can be disposed of later.

We already have our 72 hour kits packed and ready to go if we need to evacuate, but I am praying that if anything happens we will be able to just live in our own home and not have to leave for any reason.
As always, my web site has all of the most prudent information regarding how to give birth and nurture a baby if you have pregnant women in your home. Go Here for more on how to birth, nurture, breastfeed, and care for a newborn in a survival situation.

Hopefully the terrorists will not attack and we won’t have anything to worry about, but if feels good to have the water, food, and shelter our family will need to survive a nuclear blast.

We have been planning to go camping in Estes Park with our friends from church all summer. Paul and I made the decision that we will NOT be hunkered down in our shelter this weekend. We plan to go up on the mountain and have a great time with our kids. If we hear of an attack, we will hightail it home and resume living in our basement.

I believe this is the most important psychological preparation one can take, to go on living as if nothing were going to happen, but to be prepared to resort to survival living if an attack occurs.
The terrorists “win” if we are terrorized before an attack.
Please make some prudent preparations in your own home TODAY!
Jenny Hatch

UPDATE August 2nd, 2005
Front Page Magazine interviewed Joseph Farah today
Go Here
UPDATE August 3rd, 2005
Great Chat at Moonbat Central on Joseph Farrah’s Interview
Go Here
In regards to those who post comments talking about how hard it is to detonate a nuclear device and/or those who minimize the dangers of a WMD attack. Being in the “survival” community for years, I have learned that some people have to take a “it won’t be so bad” attitude, simply because they cannot imagine the reality of life without modern water, electricity, and fast food. And, of course on the opposite end of the spectrum we have the “chicken littles” who run around screaming “the sky is falling”.

I like to take a moderate approach in terms of how I live my day to day life. Our family has made the simple preparations, and we spend a couple days each year updating supplies, inventorying and purchasing food, replacing water, and organizing our supplies. This is part of our lifestyle. We are not tucked away in a cave somewhere waiting for the “bomb”.
I have friends who have told me they were concerned about appearing “gullible” and “paranoid” to friends and family if they began making preparations for survival.
Every family has to decide how much money, time, and effort they will put into preparing. But realize that purchasing the basic survival supplies is relatively inexpensive, and can be done over a weekend. Just think about trying to purchase water, food, and a few shelter supplies AFTER an attack! Let this picture in your mind motivate you NOW to get the supplies ahead of time!
The prophet of the church I attend gave a great talk in General Conference right after 9-11. He said:
Quotes from the talk:
“Occasions of this kind pull us up sharply to a realization that life is fragile, peace is fragile, civilization itself is fragile. The economy is particularly vulnerable. We have been counseled again and again concerning self-reliance, concerning debt, concerning thrift. So many of our people are heavily in debt for things that are not entirely necessary.”
We cannot provide against every contingency. But we can provide against many contingencies. Let the present situation remind us that this we should do.
“As we have been continuously counseled for more than 60 years, let us have some food set aside that would sustain us for a time in case of need. But let us not panic nor go to extremes. Let us be prudent in every respect. And, above all, my brothers and sisters, let us move forward with faith in the Living God and His Beloved Son.”
“The Constitution under which we live, and which has not only blessed us but has become a model for other constitutions, is our God-inspired national safeguard ensuring freedom and liberty, justice and equality before the law.
I do not know what the future holds. I do not wish to sound negative, but I wish to remind you of the warnings of scripture and the teachings of the prophets which we have had constantly before us.
I cannot forget the great lesson of Pharaoh’s dream of the fat and lean kine and of the full and withered stalks of corn.
I cannot dismiss from my mind the grim warnings of the Lord as set forth in the 24th chapter of Matthew.
I am familiar, as are you, with the declarations of modern revelation that the time will come when the earth will be cleansed and there will be indescribable distress, with weeping and mourning and lamentation (see D&C 112:24).
Now, I do not wish to be an alarmist. I do not wish to be a prophet of doom. I am optimistic. I do not believe the time is here when an all-consuming calamity will overtake us. I earnestly pray that it may not. There is so much of the Lord’s work yet to be done. We, and our children after us, must do it.”
“Are these perilous times? They are. But there is no need to fear. We can have peace in our hearts and peace in our homes. We can be an influence for good in this world, every one of us.
May the God of heaven, the Almighty, bless us, help us, as we walk our various ways in the uncertain days that lie ahead. May we look to Him with unfailing faith. May we worthily place our reliance on His Beloved Son who is our great Redeemer, whether it be in life or in death, is my prayer in His holy name, even the name of Jesus Christ, amen.”
This talk was very comforting to me at the time it was given, and it continues to be a source of comfort to me now. I pray that the same is true for you.
Jenny Hatch
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