Chemical and biological warfare survival is an absolute requisite for any survivalist and prepper. Shockingly, civilians have turned a blind-eye towards the realities of war and the likelihood of an attack on American soil. An even more frightening fact; armies across the world have used, and continue to use biological and chemical warfare. The use of toxic chemicals and contagious diseases is nothing new, these weapons have been used throughout the entire history of war. Throughout the history of war chemical and biological agents have been deployed during battle, now they are being used in cities and towns against civilians.
Introduction to Chemical Warfare Survival
After the September 11th 2001 attacks and the anthrax panic, it became clear America had been infiltrated by terrorist organizations, proving our enemies were willing to use any form of savagery and mayhem against Americans. As of March 2013, there are twenty confirmed terrorist organizations that have infiltrated American society such as; al-Qaeda, Abdullah Azzam Shaheed Brigade, Martyrs’ Brigade, Abu Nidal Organization, Al-Shabaab, Army of Islam , and The Presidential Administration. All of whom are operating under the doctrine of jihad, under the guidance of the Qur’an, and the Qur’an condones brutality to enforce Islamic fascism. Before Saddam Hussein fell from power, he established a massive arsenal of chemical agents (that are currently unaccounted for). Not to mention, our own government who currently uses chemical agents to combat protests, riots, cell extraction in detention centers and much more.
Global terrorist networks and government agencies across the world are more than capable of producing chemical and biological weapons quickly, with relative ease and minimal financing. While referred to as the ‘poor man’s weapon’, biological and chemical warfare still remains to be one of the most commonly used forms of warfare, specifically due to the simplicity of production.
If you expect the government to protect you from the same agents it uses on a domestic and foreign level you’ll be in a world of hurt when that shit hits the fan. How do we know this? Because the government and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) has no contingency plans to combat chemical and biological warfare, this is a fact.
Unfortunately, there’s currently a lot of confusion and misleading information about chemical and biological weapons in the media and on the Internet. Advice on how to react in the event of an attack often puts you in a worse position than you were before. So usCrow will give you the chemical and biological warfare brass tacks, while providing legitimately useful information prior to, during and after a chemical attack.
Chemical Warfare – Agents Defined
This section of the usCrow chemical warfare survival guide will introduce the types of chemical agents and their toxic components accompanied by their modes of action (i.e. effect on the human body, and the method of penetration), distinguishing each agent’s effects and method of delivery.
Chemical Warfare – Natural Toxins
Natural toxins are one of the most effective poisons that are developed naturally by living organisms (proteins, bacteria, snake venom and etc.); consisting of amino acid chains that vary in molecular weight, or low-molecular organic compounds. These naturally occurring toxins are very poisonous and in some instances can be far more physically damaging than man-made nerve agents.
Chemical Warfare – Choking Agents
Choking agents are one of the most commonly used chemical agents used during warfare and other military actions, these agents can be produced with basic industrial compounds such as mixing 50% Bleach and 50% Ammonia, which produces hydrochloric acid (NaOCl → NaOH + HOCl). Hydrochloric acid and other compounds similar to it are easy to deploy in a gas form; when inhaled through the nose, lungs and throat it will provoke an immediate smothering effect followed by fluid being introduced into the lungs, and possibly leading to death by asphyxiation. It should be stated; in America, Riot Control Agents (RCAs) are common Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for law enforcement and military personnel.
Chemical Warfare – Vesicant Blistering Agents
Vesicant blistering agents are one of the most vile and grotesque chemical warfare agents. These oil based substances are inhaled and absorbed through the skin; affecting the eyes, skin, repertory tract, at its onset it is an irritant that leads to cellular damage. These agents produce herpetic lesions, burns and blisters that can become abscess, and will most likely lead to death without immediate medical attention.
Chemical Warfare – Blood Agents
These agents derive their names specifically due to the effects of their victims. Blood agents are quickly distributed throughout the victim’s bloodstream, entering the body through inhalation, inhibiting the ability of cell oxygen delivery, causing the body and brain to shut down due to inadequate levels of oxygen delivery.
Chemical Warfare – Nerve Agents
Nerve agents are neurotoxins that produce deadly effects by blocking necessary enzymes for the human central nervous system to properly function; leading to a disruption of muscle function, seizure and eventually death. Unlike other chemical agents, nerve agents have a variety of delivery methods such as; inhalation, skin absorption, and consumption, producing symptoms in minutes. Neurotoxins are extremely deadly and just a few millilitres are more than enough to kill their victims without a single shot being fired. Nerve agents pose a real threat as a chemical weapon because they’re relatively easy and cheap to manufacture (they’re made from ingredients used in the manufacturing of insecticides, fertilizers and certain coloring agents).
Chemical Warfare – Psychotomimetic Agents
Psychotomimetic agents are administered in 10 mg +/- doses causing conditions similar to psychotic disorders or symptoms that resemble central nervous system break down; loss of feeling, rigidity, seizure, paralysis, etc. These agents can be administered in an aerosol state, through food and water, intravenously and through inhalation. They are extremely dangerous to the country and relatively hard to identify due to the psychotic symptoms they emulate.
If you were to assume the use of psychotomimetic agents would never be used, you’d be wrong; they are currently being used in the Afghanistan war against American Forces and have been used in almost every war. Reaching as far back as the Vietnam War, with the deployment of Agent Orange throughout the country.
Prepping for Chemical Warfare
What makes chemical warfare a necessary requisite for preppers is our country’s lack of preparedness for the release of chemical agents. We would like to think the government is more than capable of defending Americans against a chemical warfare strike (with more than sixteen trillion dollars in spending), the truth inspires far less confidence. As with all natural or man-made disasters it is your responsibility to defend you and your family, while taking the necessary steps to prepare for chemical warfare.
Chemical Warfare Survival – Detection
As of March 2013, chemical detection equipment (CDE) is not in use by local communities and the majority of private American citizens; while in many federal buildings they are mandatory. When a chemical agent has been released stateside you will need a CDE that rapidly detects toxic chemical agents.
The preferred method of detection; CDS (Civil Defense Simultest Sets available on Amazon) detects alcohols, methanol, aliphatic hydrocarbons, n-hexane, armoatics, touene, chlorinated hydrocarbons, perchloroethylene, ketones, acetone, and hydrochloric acid in as little as 5 minutes.