The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency is spearheading the new campaign, instructing Hawaiians and tourists how to take shelter and evacuate should American officials detect an intercontinental ballistic missile launch from North Korea.
As reported by Hawaii News Now:
The agency stressed that the threat assessment is currently “low,” but warned citizens to prepare for the unthinkable.
The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency is kicking off an educational campaign aimed at helping residents and visitors figure out what to do if the state is the target of a nuclear missile attack from North Korea.
Hawaii is the first state to prepare the public for the possibility of a ballistic missile strike.
The state’s emergency management agency said the threat to the islands from the rogue nation is “currently assessed to be low.”
But officials added ongoing North Korean missile tests — and growing public concern — have prompted officials to work on preparedness and disaster management plans.
Vern Miyagi, administrator of the emergency management agency, stressed that the public shouldn’t be alarmed by the planning.
Rather, he said, the public should see the preparation and education much like the work being done to prepare the public for hurricane and tsunami, which pose a greater risk to the state.
“We need to tell the public what the state is doing,” Miyagi said. “We do not want to cause any undue stress for the public; however, we have a responsibility to plan for all hazards.”
Earlier this month, North Korea tested an ICBM missile, drawing condemnation from the US and other countries. Experts say an ICBM like the one North Korea launched could reach Alaska and possibly even Hawaii.
The state plan considers what is currently a worst-case scenario: A 15-kiloton nuclear weapon detonated 1,000 feet above Honolulu.
In that scenario, public service announcements will tell residents, people should “get inside, stay inside, and stay tuned.”