U.s. Armed Forces Nuclear, Biological And Chemical Survival Manual: Everything You Need To Know To Protect Yourself From The Growing Terrorist Threat

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This manual gives you the information you need to survive a terrorist attack. It contains the best practices of all the U.S. military services, adapted for the first time for civilian use. The manual will show you how to: protect yourself during a chemical or biological attack; guard against the radiological effects of a dirty bomb ; assist victims of nuclear, chemical or biological agents; recognize the indicators of nuclear, chemical & biological attack; develop a simple & effective family action plan; assemble & store the everyday materials that could save your life; & help first responders & local authorities in the event of a terrorist attack. The manual has been compiled for civilian use by Dick Couch, Captain, U.S. Navy (ret.), a former Navy SEAL. Illus.

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Dick Couch is a former Navy SEAL and CIA case officer, a combat veteran, and a New York Times bestselling author with more than a dozen books to his credit. During the global war on terror, Couch alone has been allowed to embed with the component commands of the US Special Operations Command. He alone has tracked the SEALs, Green Berets, Rangers, and Marine Special Operators as they train for war -- and has written extensively about this training. After eight books of special-operations nonfiction, Act of Revenge marks his return to fiction.

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Preparing for the unthinkable is the key to our Code Orange way of life, according to this fact-filled but awkwardly packaged primer. Couch, an ex-Navy Seal and author of The Warrior Elite, has culled military and government publications for "best practices" in coping with nuclear, biological and chemical attacks, which he presents along with gruesome lore on the history, use and effects of NBC weapons. There's a lot of information, but much of it is not for the average reader. One chapter covers protective military gear that Couch concedes is not very appropriate for civilians, and half the book is taken up by appendices, including a lengthy one of NBC casualty treatment protocols for doctors and nurses. While many of the procedures here require special equipment and training, there are some simple tips for laypeople. Curling up in a basement corner after a nuclear blast, for example, can cut your radiation dose by a factor of ten (provided you are outside the "100 percent lethality " zone), while heavy clothing and a wet cloth over the nose and mouth help protect in a chemical or biological strike. After an attack, most fallout/toxins/spoors can be washed off, preferably with diluted bleach. And do use that duct tape. The manual is written in a dryly technical, safety-label style whose authoritative tone is reassuring ("If exposed to a chemical attack and protective gear is not available, attempt to seek shelter and to minimize the inhalation of the agent"). Readers will hopefully never need to use any of this advice, but some may sleep easier knowing they could.
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