How Will You Survive?

There’s a wider range of clear & present threats today than at any point in our history. Bio weapons, nuclear war, EMP attacks, political upheaval and the usual natural disasters (floods, hurricanes and so on). It’s little wonder that more and more people are preparing for emergencies for peace of mind. But it’s best to have high quality emergency supplies that will actually benefit you & your family when you need them most. At McDaniel Mill we have made it our mission to provide a selection of top quality items we feel will be most useful for a variety of apocalyptic level events.

Gear in our Store — Equip yourself with the essential gear for surviving and recovering from various disasters. You’ll find the most advanced suits and masks capable of protecting you from nuclear, biological and chemical hazards. You’ll also find bags that protect electronic devices from EMP. Without such protection your electronic devices (including modern flashlights) will be rendered useless by an EMP attack.

Power in our store — Stay powered up even during emergencies with solutions for managing power disruptions with equipment from.


Safe Water

  • Radioactive contamination affects drinking water. Use reverse osmosis, carbon filtration, or ion exchange for proper decontamination.
  • Invest in radiological filtration systems to remove radioactive isotopes, ensuring safe drinking water.

Radioprotective Agents

  • Baking soda, dietary pectin, and potassium iodide tablets reduce radiation risks to the thyroid, kidneys, and sensitive tissues. See ThryoSafe in our store.

How Radiation Is Measured

  • The Sievert measures biological risk, with most Geiger counters reporting exposure in millisieverts (mSv) or microsieverts (uSv).
  • Daily radiation levels are typically measured in uSv, while annual doses are measured in mSv.

Reading a Geiger Counter

  • Geiger counters show microsieverts per hour (uSv/Hr) and may also display total absorbition.
  • Limiting hourly radiation exposure to 5.7 uSv per hour is advisable.

Safe Radiation Levels

  • No more than 1 mSv per year is recommended (20 mSV for radiation workers).

MIRA products offer protection from radiation. Read more here.

Fire Starting

Step 1: Choose a Safe Location

  • Locate an area clear of flammable materials like dry grass, leaves, or overhanging branches.
  • Clear the ground within a 10-foot radius to create a safe zone.
  • Find a spot sheltered from wind to prevent the fire from spreading uncontrollably.

Step 2: Gather Firewood

  • Collect tinder, kindling, and firewood from the surroundings.
  • Tinder: Dry materials like small twigs, leaves, or paper that catch fire easily.
  • Kindling: Small sticks about the thickness of a pencil.
  • Firewood: Larger pieces, as thick as an adult’s wrist, preferably dry.

Step 3: Build the Fire

  • Arrange the tinder in the center of your fire pit or chosen location.
  • Construct a teepee or cone shape with kindling over the tinder, allowing for airflow.
  • Surround the kindling with larger pieces of firewood in a log cabin or pyramid structure, ensuring proper ventilation.
  • Consider building a windbreak with rocks or logs if it’s windy.
  • Optionally, utilize flint and steel to ignite the tinder by directing sparks onto it.

Step 4: Light the Fire

  • Ignite the tinder using matches, striking them away from your body.
  • Encourage flame growth by blowing gently on the fire.
  • Gradually add more firewood once the tinder and kindling are burning steadily.

Step 5: Tend to the Fire

  • Monitor the fire closely, adding more wood as needed to maintain a steady flame.
  • Use a stick or fire poker to adjust burning logs and ensure even combustion.
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby for quick extinguishing if necessary.

Step 6: Extinguish the Fire

  • Allow the fire to burn down to hot coals before extinguishing.
  • Pour water from the bucket over the flames, starting from the outside and moving inward.
  • Stir the ashes and embers to thoroughly douse any remaining heat.
  • Check for warmth in the ashes using the back of your hand.

Safety Tips

  • Maintain vigilance over the fire at all times.
  • Keep a safe distance to prevent burns.
  • Supervise children and pets near the fire.
  • Ensure complete extinguishment before leaving the area.

Nuclear War

Sébastien Philippe’s December 2023 analysis in Scientific American, he paints a stark picture of what a nuclear attack on U.S. missile silos could mean for both urban and rural communities. But there’s hope. By taking proactive steps, we can maximize our chances of survival, regardless of where we call home.

Picture this: you’re in the heart of the city or out on the open plains, surrounded by the hustle and bustle of daily life. Suddenly, the sky darkens, and the world goes eerily quiet as the sirens wail in the distance. It’s a scenario none of us want to face, but it’s crucial to be prepared.

Timing is everything. In the event of a nuclear blast, every second counts. You’ll have mere minutes to find shelter before radioactive fallout begins to descend. That’s why it’s essential to have a plan in place and know where to seek refuge, whether it’s a sturdy building in the city or a reinforced cellar on the farm.

Distance plays a key role in your survival. The farther you are from ground zero, the better your chances of avoiding the brunt of the blast. For urban dwellers, this might mean seeking out underground shelters or fortified buildings. In rural areas, sturdy barns or silos could provide crucial protection.

Stock up on essentials. Just like preparing for a storm or natural disaster, having ample food, water, and medical supplies on hand can make all the difference. Plan to hunker down for at least 24 to 48 hours, or longer if radiation levels remain high.

Stay informed. Keep a battery-powered radio or emergency alert system handy to stay updated on the situation. Government agencies will provide guidance on when it’s safe to venture outside and where to find assistance if needed.

Protect yourself. Dust masks, gloves, and long sleeves can shield you from harmful radioactive particles. Monitor radiation levels with a Geiger counter and avoid unnecessary exposure until it’s deemed safe.

Local Nuclear Attack

  1. Seek Shelter Immediately: Your best chance of survival after a nuclear blast is to get into a robust structure as quickly as possible. Avoid getting in a car, as vehicles offer little protection from fallout radiation.
  2. Stay Indoors and Stay Put: Once you’re in a shelter, stay there and avoid going outside. Thick walls and below-ground areas provide the best protection from fallout radiation.
  3. Listen to Emergency Broadcasts: Tune in to emergency broadcasts using a hand-cranked radio. Emergency providers will broadcast instructions, track the fallout cloud, and identify safe corridors for escape.
  4. Wait Before Venturing Outside: Gamma radiation levels decrease exponentially after a nuclear blast as radioactive isotopes decay. Waiting 12 to 24 hours before venturing outside can significantly reduce your exposure to harmful radiation.
  5. Consider Shelter Quality: If you’re in a flimsy shelter, consider moving to a stronger one or a basement for better protection.

See our Radiation Quick Guide