Guam is telling its citizens how to survive a nuclear attack

Frederick Owens
August 13, 2017

North Korea this week announced a detailed plan to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory, which is a major military hub and home to U.S. bombers.

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Public safety officials in Guam have distributed a two-page pamphlet advising island residents how to prepare and react should North Korea follow through on threats to launch a nuclear strike against the US territory.

The fact sheet's title: "In Case of Emergency - Preparing for Imminent Missile Threat".

Calvo said Wednesday that "there is no change in the threat level resulting from North Korea events" and that "there are several levels of defense, all strategically placed to protect our island and our nation".

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Guam authorities also add that staying inside is vital, as there could be radioactive material outside.

If caught outside, it is critical to not look at the flash or fireball, which can cause a loss of eyesight, and take cover "behind anything that might offer protection".

"Lie flat on the ground and cover your head". But if the missiles aren't expected to hit the island - the stated goal is to have them hit waters well offshore - should it? "Do not scrub or scratch the skin", Guam authorities advise, adding that the hair should be washed with shampoo or soap, while conditioner should not be used as it would bind radioactive material to the hair.

For children at school or daycare, it says that teachers and staff have plans in place for various emergencies. But officials in Guam, the tiny island territory that Kim Jong Un has threatened to attack, aren't keeping citizens in the dark. But pushing the envelope, or just threatening to do so, is what North Korea does best.

Guam is home to a USA air base, a Navy installation, a Coast Guard group and roughly 6,000 United States military personnel.

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