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How to survive a nuclear attack: Dr. Irwin Redlener on TED.com

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The face of nuclear terror has changed since the Cold War, but disaster-medicine expert Dr. Irwin Redlener reminds us that the threat of nuclear attack is still real. He’s passionately committed to making sure that — if the worst happens — we’ll have the tools and knowledge we need to recover. In this talk, he looks at some of history’s farcical countermeasures against the nuclear threat, and offers real, practical advice on how to survive an attack. (Recorded February 2008 in Monterey, California. Duration: 25:18.)

Watch Dr. Irwin Redlener’s 2008 talk on TED.com, where you can download this TEDTalk, rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances from our archive of 290 TEDTalks — including more talks about war.

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Comments (4)

  • saurav baranwal commented on Dec 4 2009

    a brilliant idea to get survival from a nuclear explosion but 1 thing is still bewildering me,how could one know the exact direction in which d explosion is spreading within such a short span of time and also i think it should spread almost equally in all d directions.

  • kevin flynn commented on Sep 17 2008

    Great info. You never know. I could not imagine being 2 blocks away from both WTC disasters….but I was. I will second Dr Irwin’s recommendation.. Get out fast and help as many people as you can get out. denial=death(seen it first hand. NOBODY IS COMING TO HELP YOU)

  • Paula Smith commented on Sep 13 2008

    Some Good information lets hope we never have to use it

  • David Clifford commented on Sep 10 2008

    Good to know that we still have expert which care about life existance not just develope it as war weapon. Thanks Dr. Irwin!

    David Clifford