CDC to Hold Workshop on How to Survive a Nuclear Bomb Amid Fears of North Korea Attack

January 5, 2018 Updated: January 7, 2018    

The federal government will hold a workshop telling people how to survive a nuclear attack, amid a back-and-forth between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says planning and preparation are critical to ensuring that most people could survive such as attack.

“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,” the department said in the workshop description.

“While a nuclear detonation is unlikely, it would have devastating results and there would be limited time to take critical protection steps.”

A man watches a television news broadcast showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s New Year’s speech, at a railway station in Seoul on Jan. 1, 2018. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un said he was always within reach of the nuclear button in a defiant New Year message on Jan. 1, after months of escalating tensions over his country’s weapons program. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

Speakers include the radiation safety officer and chief of the Radiation Studies Branch of the center.

The presentation will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Center’s Global Communications Center in Atlanta, Georgia. People must pre-register. Those unable to attend can watch a live-stream here. A recorded version of the video will be posted several days after the event.

Kathy Harben, a spokeswoman for the agency, said planning for the event has been underway for months.

“CDC participants felt it would be a good way to discuss public health preparedness and share resources with states and other partners. State and local partners also have expressed interest in this topic over time,” she told STAT in an email.

The workshop comes just weeks after North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un said he had a nuclear button sitting on his desk.

U.S. President Donald Trump responded on Twitter to the threat, saying he also has such a button on his desk and that his button is bigger.

Meanwhile, YouTubers Gregory Brown and Mitchell Moffit’s video gives tips on how to survive an attack.

The pair say people should pack an emergency supply kit that contains water and non-perishable food, as well as battery-powered radios.

If a nuclear attack were to occur, most electronics would stop working as the grid would go down.

 

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