World War 3:How to Protect Yourself in the Event

With the world seemingly getting closer to all-out war with each passing day, many people are wondering what they should do in the event of a major conflict on the horizon. Whether it’s the latest war of words between North Korea and the United States or Russia’s aggressions against Ukraine, it’s becoming harder and harder to ignore the fact that war could happen at any moment. If you’re worried about protecting yourself from physical harm as well as economic hardships that would come with such widespread violence, check out these tips on how to protect yourself in the event of World War 3.


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There’s a chance that any attack would lead to an electromagnetic pulse (EMP), which could wipe out your radio—so keep a backup handheld one around, just in case. For more, check out our guide on EMP protection and preparedness. This will also give you access to news updates from local stations that may not make it onto the national networks. Look for radios with shortwave capabilities, so you can listen to broadcasts from other countries if need be.

Move away from cities

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The easiest way to minimize your risk is by living far away from a major city. If you live near a metro area, head as far away as possible – ideally, at least 100 miles (161 km) from any metropolis.

Find shelter

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The first thing you should do is seek shelter immediately. If you’re near a hardened structure (such as a home, school, or office building), run there immediately and take cover. If not, run to any other structure that can offer protection (duck into an alleyway or behind a dumpster). Keep in mind that some walls may be more protective than others.

Stockpile water, food, and medical supplies

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If you don’t have a stockpile of food, water, and other supplies stored at home, now’s not a bad time to start. Sure, we hope there won’t be any sort of war or skirmish on American soil. But wouldn’t it be nice to know that you can get by if there is? Just remember—you don’t need enough supplies for everyone; just yourself.

Stay inside with your family and/or friends

Anytime an emergency situation occurs, it’s always a good idea to hunker down with those closest to you. Getting together with family or friends can help keep you safe from physical harm, but it also helps keep your mind off worrying about what’s going on and instead helps foster an environment for sleep and rest. Plus, spending time with loved ones is sure to provide an extra boost of comfort should things take a turn for the worse.

Destroy sensitive electronics if you need to leave home

Unplugging your devices and taking out their batteries can save them from becoming casualties of war. It’s also important to store flash drives, external hard drives, and memory cards away from magnetic fields that could destroy their contents. Also consider removing any sensitive data you may have stored online or elsewhere if it’s not essential for day-to-day operations.

Get out of town if you can (but make sure it’s safe first!)

The best way to survive a nuclear attack is by being somewhere else entirely. The less populated your destination, and farther away from large metropolitan areas, generally means safer you’ll be. But don’t leave until you have some assurance that it won’t happen while you’re on your way there. Once you arrive, stay put—if a bomb drops right next door, there may not be time to pack up and drive before things go bad.

Bug Out Bag = Most Important Thing You Can Own!

Bugging out is a last resort, but if we’re going to survive, it’s our best option. We need to come up with a plan and be prepared. The first thing we’ll want to do is create a Bug Out Bag (BOB).