Medical Science: What to do if Ukraine War Goes Nuclear

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As pandemic fears have quieted, even as a new variant has arrived, another threat is gaining global attention: Radiation Poisoning. With Vladimir Putin's, maniacal pursuit of Ukraine dominance the idea of nuclear war is suddenly very real.

New Jersey transit buses are bearing the message below:

These appeared days after similar ads were placed in New York City subways, two months after the message appeared on poster boards in New Jersey shopping malls, and just before New York City Emergency Management created a TV Public Service Announcement telling New Yorkers what to do if a nuclear bomb hits. It is unlikely that officials are doing this for no reason.

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These ads are likely to cause panic but lack the most basic information that could save millions of lives outside the zone of complete destruction. Most important: If you see a bright flash, drop to the ground behind or under any available cover.

Staying "tuned" is likely to be impossible unless you have a battery-powered radio, and officials are likely to be completely unprepared to help. Appropriate radiation monitoring instruments were discarded in the 1990s—and there won't be one near where you are unless you have one yourself.

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What you can do:

  • Make sure that you and yours have the information on the 60-second training card.
  • Consider  suitable for wartime doses, or make a Kearny Fallout Meter yourself (instructions in Nuclear War Survival Skills).
  • Download a copy of Nuclear War Survival Skillsand print it out. Also buy a printed copy—there is invaluable information for surviving any type of crisis.
  • Read at least the first 30 pages.
  • Be sure you have water, food, medications, batteries, and essential supplies.
  • If you are a first responder, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. regarding the possibility of obtaining expedient radiation detectors for yourself and your crew.
  • Do not panic or despair. IF you have minimal knowledge, chances for survival and health are very good.
  • Additional resources at  and .
  • Videos of the Arizona nuclear preparedness tour are at


Jane M. Orient, M.D. obtained her undergraduate degrees in chemistry and mathematics from the University of Arizona in Tucson, and her M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1974. She completed an internal medicine residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital and University of Arizona Affiliated Hospitals and then became an Instructor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and a staff physician at the Tucson Veterans Administration Hospital. She has been in solo private practice since 1981 and has served as Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) since 1989.

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She is currently president of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness. She is the author of YOUR Doctor Is Not In: Healthy Skepticism about National Healthcare, and the second through fifth editions of Sapira's Art and Science of Bedside Diagnosis published by Wolters Kluwer. She authored books for school children, Professor Klugimkopf's Old-Fashioned English Grammar and Professor Klugimkopf's Spelling Method, published by Robinson Books, and coauthored two novels published as Kindle books, Neomorts and Moonshine. 

More than 100 of her papers have been published in the scientific and popular literature on a variety of subjects including risk assessment, natural and technological hazards and non-hazards, and medical economics and ethics. She is the editor of AAPS News, the Doctors for Disaster Preparedness Newsletter, and Civil Defense Perspectives, and is the managing editor of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.

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If you would like to discuss these issues, contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Jane M. Orient, M.D., Executive Director, Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.

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