The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has scheduled a briefing for later this month to outline how the public can prepare for nuclear war. This comes amid rising tensions between the U.S. and North Korea.and how it’s “much bigger & more powerful” than North Korea’s. The CDC announced that on January 16, it will hold a live teaching session on public preparedness, on the timely topic of nuclear war. These threats have continued for some time, as North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, has continued to test missiles.
The session will feature experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration and Georgia’s health department. The live session will be focused on sharing resources with state and local agencies, and public health preparedness. The target audience: doctors, nurses, epidemiologists, pharmacists, veterinarians, certified health education specialists, laboratory scientists, and others.
CDC’s spokesperson, Kathy Harben, eluded that this session has been months in the making and was first discussed during a Federal Emergency Management Agency’s radiation/nuclear exercise last April. The CDC states on it’s website, while a nuclear detonation is unlikely, it would have devastating results and there would be limited time to take critical protection steps. Despite the fear surrounding such an event, planning and preparation can lessen deaths and illness. 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. While federal, state, and local agencies will lead the immediate response efforts, public health will play a key role in responding.
The state of Hawaii has recently begun a public awareness campaign, including resurrecting and testing a warning siren system used during the Cold War. It is running a series of advertisements advising the public to remain indoors if such an attack were to occur.
Both former Vice President Joe Biden and Admiral Mike Mullen have said in recent days that.
“Public Health Response to a Nuclear Detonation”
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (ET)
Global Communications Center (Building 19)
Alexander D. Langmuir Auditorium
Ref. Newsweek, CDC.gov.,CBS News.
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