State authorities have warned citizens of the chain of islands that they should have the same attitude towards preparing for a tsunami or hurricane as they should with a nuclear missile.
It includes chapters to the tune of ‘Enhance missile launch notification process between US Pacific Command and the State Warning Point’ and ‘Publish a new “Ballistic Missile Threat Annex” to the State Emergency Operations Plan (underway)’.
Hawaii will introduce a siren warning system in November.
President Donald Trump has recently engaged in rhetoric with the rogue nation and its leader Kim Jong-un, who he calls ‘Rocket Man.’
State representative Gene Ward told the Washington Post:
Now it’s time to take it seriously. The plan was “not to be an alarmist but to be informing people. talk of bunkers and fallout shelters was “probably more surreal for younger generations” with no experience of a realistic nuclear threat.
But Hawaiians are apparently taking the news in their stride, and carrying on with their daily lives.
Residents are used to disaster warnings, living in an area prone to hurricanes and tsunamis.
Survival guidelines for those scenarios are similar to the ones being issued for a nuclear attack – instead of seven days worth of food, water and medical supplies, residents are advised to double it.
Tensions have escalated since reclusive North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3. Bellicose rhetoric has reached a new level in recent days with leaders on both sides exchanging threats and insults.
North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said on Monday that Mr Trump’s Twitter comments that leader Kim Jong Un and Ri “won’t be around much longer” if they acted on their threats amounted to a declaration of war and that Pyongyang had the right to take countermeasures
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