Nuclear War: CDC Preparing People for the Unthinkable Situation

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CDC preparing for nuclear war
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The U.S. Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) is preparing people for nuclear war, an unthinkable and scary situation.

On January 16, the agency will have meeting regarding planning and preparation efforts for nuclear detonation.

According to the CDC, “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.”

In addition, the agency stated, “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 meeting is part of the CDC’s monthly Public Health Grand Rounds. It includes several presentations including “Public Health Response to a Nuclear Detonation” and “Roadmap to Radiation Preparedness.”

Two of the people presenting at the meeting are expert in radiation studies. Robert Whitcomb is the chief of radiation studies branch at CDC. Capt. Michael Nosca is the radiation safety officer and senior advisor for health physics at the Food and Drug Administration.

Tensions between U.S. and North Korea is escalating

The CDC’s move comes amid the escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea. In fact, Pres. Kim Jong Un and Pres. Donald Trump started the year taunting each other regarding nuclear war.

During his New Year’s address, Kim Jong Un warned that the United States is within North Korea’s “range of nuclear strike.” He also said, “The U.S. should know that the button for nuclear weapons is on my table.”

In response, Trump tweeted that his nuclear button is bigger and more powerful than Kim Jong Un’s.