North Korea is making wild threats and testing new missile capabilities, and Homeland Security felt they had to respond.
Guam’s Homeland Security Office of Civil Defense has published a reference sheet, which instructs citizens what to do in case of a nuclear strike, as per The Hill.
The days of pretending everything is fine in North Korea are long over. Guam is taking practical and important steps to ensuring its citizens safety.
Kim Jon-un threatened us and claimed his country would have a plan to launch misses near the island of Guam by mid-August. Though this isn’t a threat of a direct nuclear attack, the rising tension is leading to fears that the North Korean dictator might be foolish enough to try to attack Guam.
In response to this latest threat, President Donald Trump said, “He has been very threatening beyond a normal state, and as I said they will be met with fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.”
While it’s hard to be certain if North Korea actually has the capacity to launch an attack of this magnitude, it’s better to be prepared. From our military’s perspective, that means being prepared to strike back at a moment’s notice. From the citizen’s perspective, that means having a personal safety plan.
That’s clearly the perspective Guam has taken, who are advising citizens to plan ahead by creating an emergency kit, and to make a list of the concrete shelters near them, according to the full sheet published by CNN.
During a nuclear blast, concrete is thick enough to block nuclear radiation. Citizens are warned that they would have to stay inside for at least 24 hours, as the more time has passed, the less radiation they’ll find outside.
If anyone is stuck outside during the blast, Guam officials caution them not to look at the blast, to take any kind of shelter available, and to cover their head.
The emergency fact sheet also detail whats to do after a potential nuclear strike occurs. Citizens who were outside should try to get clean as soon as possible by removing their clothes and washing with lots of soap, while avoiding scrubbing or rubbing the skin. It’s a bad idea to use conditioner, as it binds with radioactive material.
Guam Governor Eddie Calvo has, above all, cautioned calm to the people of Guam, according to Reuters. He’s also cautioned North Korea, “Though I don’t want the temperature to get any higher, I think it’s important also that there is clarity and that if there is an attack on any American soil including Guam, that it will be met with overwhelming response.”
Governor Calvo is exactly right, and, in the end, the certainty of an American response to an attack on Guam is likely what will prevent the North Korean dictator from following through with his threats.
Let’s pray that the North Korean dictator is not foolish enough to actually attack anyone. He may bolster and brag in front of his poor citizens, but he must be interested in self-preservation above all else.