The Center for Disease Control announced on their website that later this month they will be holding a briefing on the public on “how to prepare for nuclear war”.
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. For instance, most people don’t realize that sheltering in place for at least 24 hours is crucial to saving lives and reducing exposure to radiation. While federal, state, and local agencies will lead the immediate response efforts, public health will play a key role in responding.
Join us for this session of Grand Rounds to learn what public health programs have done on a federal, state, and local level to prepare for a nuclear detonation. Learn how planning and preparation efforts for a nuclear detonation are similar and different from other emergency response planning efforts.
Now, this has recieved more attention due to the current situation in North Korea. Kim Jong-un has threatened the United States of America with nukes, even stating ‘the nuclear button is always on my desk’ to which Trump responded ‘MAGA: Donald Trump warns “Rocket Man” ,”I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful”‘ .
This is likely nothing more than precautionary but the threat of North Korea is real and one we should prepare for.