By Alfred J. Plechner, D.V.M.

In this day and age of nuclear reactors, with no guarantees that a nuclear meltdown will not occur, I believe it is of vital importance to prepare your family and pets for a possible nuclear disaster, including disasters from earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes and fire.

Not unlike a fire drill, you must prepare your family ahead of time as to what job each person in the family must perform if a nuclear meltdown does occurs.

Before a nuclear meltdown does occur, survival priorities must be planned.

You need to stay in your home with your family and pets and watch and listen to local radio and television stations for crisis updates and further instructions.

You might prepare a room in your home, a basement, a cyclone cellar or garage, a crawl space in your attic or even a large closet where supplies may be safely stored.

If you live within 25 miles of a nuclear reactor, it would be advisable to reinforce your shelter in order to reduce the possible exposure to radiation.

Any additions of various materials added to the walls of a shelter or to the roof of an underground shelter will help.

Note: lists the thickness of materials needed to reduce the damaging radiation from an actual nuclear attack. Fortunately a nuclear meltdown hopefully would offer less radiation exposure to the general public.

The following information is to give you an idea of what kind of recommendations would be of value if an actual nuclear attack did occur and how to reduce the radiation to 1/10th of its initial intensity from different commonly used materials like: Steel = 3.3”, Concrete = 11”, earth = 24”, and wood = 38”.

Obviously procuring all the water and supplies you need for your family and your pets should be done far in advance of a possible nuclear meltdown.

To start the MUST list of supplies that you, your family and pet will need, begin with a 25 to 50 lb bag of calcium montmorillinite, that if taken daily, will not only neutralize radioactivity, but can also be used to help purify water and food sources from radiation, heavy metals, toxins and bacteria.

It can also be used for first aid for cuts, lacerations and bruises.

Further information on calcium montmorillinite can be attained by going to

The following is a list of other locally acquired supplies that should definitely be included in your family’s nuclear meltdown survival kit that were listed on, which I have also added my thoughts for you, your family and your pets.

Note: for our family, my son has not only procured these items but has put the more “perishable” supplies into food grade barrels to protect them against insect and rodent invasion.

The survival list is as follows:

Canned goods (pasta, soups, stews, chili, fruit, tuna, meats, etc.) Please do not forget the can opener!

Ready-to-eat foods (pop-tarts, raisins, cheeses, granola/energy/protein bars/snack packs, etc.

Multiple containers of peanut butter. I personally like the crunchy kind!

Assorted mix drink flavorings if your children would like these and you agree!

Multi-vitamins and any other prescription drugs you, your family and your pet may need.

Iodine solutions, like Betadine (16 ounces) to clean wounds before applying the calcium montmorillinite to stop infection.

Multiple large boxes of dried milk, if your family drinks lots of milk.

Multiple large boxes of pancake and biscuit mix including syrup.

Large bags of rice, beans, flour, and sugar.

Large bags of oats and other grains.

Large bags of macaroni and other pasta.

Large jar of honey.

2 gallons of cooking oil or more.

Dog, cat, bird food and food for any of your other household pets.

Any other animals that live outdoors and even fish in ponds should immediately be given the calcium montmorillinite in their foods to help neutralize any radiation exposure before the radiation causes major organ damage.

Be very careful doing this, not to cause further radiation exposure to you, your family and your house hold pets.

Baking powder, baking soda, spices in an assortment pack.

Kitchen lighters and waterproof matches and even a flint if things really get out of hand.

New garbage cans and many garbage bags for water and waste storage.

5 gallon buckets and garbage bags sized for the 5 gallon buckets (toilet) or a small chemical toilet.

Toilet seat for the 5 gallon bucket, and lots of toilet paper.

Sanitary napkins etc. and diapers if indicated.

Flashlights (ideally LED) and Portable battery operated radios.

Lots of large thick candles in case things really become extreme and also include liquid gas lanterns.

Large amounts of batteries for all your battery operated implements.

If clean water is not available to you and if you are unable to remove clean water from the receptacle behind your toilet, then buy as much bottled water that you can store.

Water, bottled in glass or plastic bottles designed without the chemical bisophenol- A ( a xenoestrogen) would be best.

If this is not feasible then water in regular plastic will work for awhile.

Baby wipes will save water for personal hygiene.

Space blankets and any other type of clothing you and your family may deem necessary for your area of the country.

Alcohol for external and internal use if indicated.

Hydrogen peroxide for wound cleansing before applying the special calcium montmorillinite.

Aspirin/Tylenol/Motrin, etc.


First aid kits. These are available commercially however you can have your physician or veterinarian help design a first aid kit to specifically apply to your family and your pet.

Fire extinguishers may save your family and your home.

Paper towels, plates and utensils.

Disposables dust masks.

Cheap hooded, rain ponchos.

Water filters and other camping supplies, such as propane cook stove and fuel, guns and ammo if applicable, and any other indicated sporting goods or other tools and knives you think you might need.

Space blankets, rolls of plastic sheeting, duct tape, staple guns and staple that can be used to wall off leaks in your shelter that would allow radiation to seep in.

This is a monumental list of supplies that you need to use part of or all of to fit your family’s needs.

The list is designed for several weeks of confinement and not just a few days.

It is highly important in your stored supplies, that you need to know expirations dates and when to use them and when to replace them.

Fortunately the calcium montmorillinite was created by Mother Nature 13 million years ago and definitely does not have a shelf life.

Not only is my family storing these emergency supplies, but we are all taking calcium montmorillinite twice daily and giving to all our pets.

With all the food recalls that have occurred for people and animals in the past few years, I am fortunate to be able supply my family and pets with this protective calcium montmorillinite from unidentified, heavy metal, toxins, bacteria and possible radiation occurring in our foods that we have not been notified about and have to assume the foods we are feeding ourselves, our family’s and our pets are healthy.

These are only my thoughts and opinions for my family’s survival for a nuclear meltdown, and hopefully this article will be of value to you and help you create some thinking on your own for you, your family and your pets, on how you might adapt what I found for my family and pets, for your family’s survival needs.

Above all, I hope there will never be a time when this list will have be used except for the daily use of calcium montmorillinite.

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