The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will hold a meeting to review the nation's preparedness to deal with a nuclear event amid the ongoing mutual exchange of threats between Pyongyang and Washington.
Its notice read, "While a nuclear detonation is unlikely, it would have devastating results and there would be limited time to take critical protection steps. Despite the fear surrounding such an event, planning and preparation can lessen deaths and illness", the agency said.
For instance, the agency said, it is important to shelter in place for at least 24 hours after a detonation to reduce exposure to radiation. Still, it's hosting an informational briefing next week to look at planning efforts by health programs on federal, state and local levels.
During the annual New Year's Day speech, North-Korea's Supreme Leader said that he had a nuclear button on his desk and that the U.S. was within the range of his weapons. That's why the CDC confirmed it was going to gently prepare American citizens by offering meetings and conferences to teach them about what to expect and what to do in the worst of the scenarios.
The CDC held a similar event back in 2010, so it's something the agency does on occasion. Topics to be discussed include "Preparing for the Unthinkable", "Public Health Resources to Meet Critical Components of Preparedness", and "Roadmap to Radiation Preparedness".
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Leaving behind what experts say about how "unlikely" the nuclear war between America and North-Korea is, it's essential that people begin to be informed about the safety measures.
"What we're really talking about is protecting yourself from the radioactive fallout that would disperse along the prevailing wind patterns from the blast", he said. This year, however, the CDC has made a decision to start things with something of a bang, and go straight in at "Public Health Response to a Nuclear Detonation".