Radiation will not hurt your food storage.
I have extensive nuclear and electronics training, and the following post is accurate. It also ended up being about a lot more than just food.
If we get nuked, and your food storage ends up getting exposed to radioactive dust, or is left in a high radiation zone for a long time, do not worry AT ALL if it is in sealed boxes or other containers the dust cannot get into. No matter how much radiation your food gets exposed to, as long as the actual radioactive materials do not end up mixed with the food itself, the food will be safe.
Unopened tuna in a nuclear dust dune? SAFE. If you can get it out and clean the can before opening it, it will be SAFE. Pack of bagged noodles with nuclear dust on it? SAFE, and guaranteed 100 percent safe if you can squeeze the bag and feel it holds the air in. Wash the bag before opening it, dump the noodles, and have dinner. DITTO FOR EVERYTHING ELSE.
Any radiation the food is exposed to will pass right through it and be gone instantly, forever. The key is making sure you never eat or breathe any of the dust.
Obviously if you have seeds for planting after everything settles down, those have to be kept wherever you are hiding from the radiation because they are alive and will be damaged if they are not protected.
America does not have fallout shelters anymore (because the likes of Hillary want all the “deplorables” and “losers” dead,) so for the initial time after the blast you will have to be in the basement if you have one. Seeking the center of a wood framed house that has no basement will be pointless unless you make a safe zone out of filled water bottles and other items. The general rule is that a foot and a half of water will stop all radiation. That’s a lot of water bottles. Absent enough bottles, anything you can put around you (sofas, chairs, books, (whatever) will help. Do it in the center of the house (or a place that has the most walls between you and the outside) on the GROUND FLOOR if there is no basement. If you have a stick built house with a basement, put those bottles on the floor above a corner you will hide in. Everything counts – all the furniture, clothes, tools, whatever you may have, (including your food storage) if you can get that above you it will help a lot. You won’t need to stop ALL the radiation, for most people simply reducing the radiation will be enough. The worst, most dangerous part will be over in 3 days. Obviously if you can, wait a week or so before going out for the first time, and keep it short when you do.
And if you hear a stranger break in upstairs (where your food storage is, GO UPSTAIRS WITH YOUR GUN YOU HAD BETTER HAVE, AND DEAL WITH THEM EVEN IF IT IS DURING THE MOST DANGEROUS TIME AFTER A BLAST. They will almost definitely kill you if they broke in, there probably won’t be a friendly discussion. Obviously your guns and ammo will be in your radiation safe zone, WITH YOU. And also, I don’t need to say that for at least the first couple months, only go out of your safe area when you absolutely have to. (like, to clean the dust off that solar panel you ought to have, so you can at least watch videos and have music in your safe area. Now would be a good time to buy at least a small LED light bulb (the smaller the better if your panel is small.)
Your electronics will work.
Nuclear EMP killing modern electronics is BULLSHIT, there is no mathematical formula whatsoever that outputs an answer that says your flat screen will be dead that is going to be penned by anyone other than a doom freak who is totally unaware of the fact that the circuits in high tech devices have shunts everywhere that will render the type of EMP a nuke produces irrelevant. All modern devices have protection circuits to protect them from static electricity (which produces enormous high energy spikes) and these circuits will also shunt out an EMP from a nuke. It takes a dedicated EMP device to blow out modern electronics, and those have limited range. This is not the “unprotected mosfet 70’s” and I am not guessing. Take a small LED flat screen TV and video player down to your safe area and a music player also so you won’t get bored to death. If you can power them they will work. And remember, with any solar panel you HAVE TO have a battery because they will power absolutely nothing even when the sun is out if a battery is not there to prevent their output from collapsing. Hmm, Monopoly . . . . cards . . . . chess.
Important throw in – If you see the bomb go off and survive the initial blast, the radiation will not hit you right away. The atmosphere will block ALL hazardous radiation produced more than two miles away from you. You can see the blast and be safe, but when the dust comes you had better be ready, and you might not even see it. For a few people it will take faith to even believe there is a radiation threat. You probably will have a half hour to get everything you need to your shelter area if the bomb did not blow your windows out. If it DID blow your windows out, AT LEAST CLOSE THE DRAPES and blinds to help keep the dust out. I would not push any unsheltered time after a blast past a half hour, if you could see the blast the dust will arrive quickly and you will probably be working in the dark. You had better be at least partially prepared ahead of time.
There is a good chance the grid will be restored in many areas shortly after a nuclear attack. If the power comes back on, and a bomb went off anywhere near you it will not be a sign that all is clear, stay in the shelter anyway and enjoy the power. You might be receiving it from 1000 miles away, where people can still go outside. True, the grid was separated a couple years ago, but all the connections are still there and can be activated. Any grid downings after a limited nuclear strike will probably be temporary, because the lightning arresters will also protect the system against nuclear EMP, which is from an electrical distribution standpoint almost the same thing. The fact there is power won’t mean jack with regard to radiation in your area, and if the attack is big enough, well, you can ignore this, the grid won’t come back up.
Also – With the type of hazard you will have from the radiation, a simple single layer paper respirator over your mouth (like the doctors wear) will be enough, full blown gas masks are overkill in a nuclear war. Those are for gas attacks, which are much more of a challenge to filter. Obviously if that type of mask is all you have, USE IT. You only need to block the dust even if you can’t see it, you need to block ALL OF IT. When you return to your house, Leave your shoes INSIDE, at the door, away from your shelter area. Have a layer of clothing you strip off and leave INSIDE, AT THE DOOR. Only shake things off OUTSIDE, before entering, NOT INSIDE. Obviously you will be smart enough to have all the windows and doors shut tightly. Leave the respirator AT THE DOOR, INSIDE, away from your shelter area. You will not notice you got too much radiation until it is too late, the effects are not immediate. And then you’ll die. DO NOT go outside to play just because everything seems ok! In ALL CASES, if a nuke went off nearby you had better play it safe and stay in your shelter COMPLETELY for the first 3 days, and as much as possible for at least a month.
If Russia really does attack and it is not a false flag psy op, there is a chance your cell phone will still work after a nuclear strike until the batteries in the tower die. That won’t take more than a few hours if people discover they can connect and jam all the lines so you had better be one of the people jamming the lines if you want to announce you are alive. Get it done and get off the phone so other people can announce they are alive. The land lines will probably all be completely blown out by EMP. You can forget those.
NEVER ANSWER THE DOOR, NO MATTER WHAT, EVEN IF YOU HEAR HELICOPTERS. If you don’t need help, NEVER LET IT IN. Your shelter will be much better than a FEMA camp, beyond all doubt.