Foxhole With Overhead Covering
Well-constructed fighting positions and bunkers provide excellent
protection against all the effects of a nuclear detonation. Tunnels,
caves, and storm drains also provide good shelter unless a nearby
subsurface burst causes these shelters to collapse. Personnel can use
culverts and ditches in an emergency, although these shelters offer
only partial protection.
Tanks provide good protection in most situations. Lightly armored
vehicles, such as armored personnel carriers, also give some
protection, but foxholes offer greater protection. Personnel should
button up all armored vehicles.
Buildings usually are not strong enough to provide effective shelter,
but the lowest floor or basement of a reinforced concrete or steel-
framed building will offer good protection from all effects except the
blast overpressure if personnel avoid the areas around windows and
Preparation of Supplies and Equipment.
Personnel must secure clothing, supplies, and equipment to prevent the
blast wave from blowing them about and to reduce the fire hazard
resulting from the intense heat of the explosion. Keep clothing,
equipment, and other items issued in a separate, covered hole. If
personnel have any individual equipment they are not wearing, they
should place it in the foxhole. They should not leave any of these
items unsecured because the blast wave will convert them into lethal