In a recent email sent to students, the University of Hawaii has given students tips on how to prepare for a nuclear attack, acting out of concerns with growing tensions between North Korea and the United States. That said, the email is believed to be only one part of the state’s campaign to prepare for a nuclear attack.
According to the email, the current risk is actually low, but ‘cannot be ignored’
The email, which was entitled, “In the event of a nuclear attack,” wrote that, “In light of concerns about North Korea missile tests, state and federal agencies are providing information about nuclear threats and what to do in the unlikely event of a nuclear attack and radiation emergency,” according to Hawaii News Now. We have contacted the university for the full email, and will update this story if there is a follow-up.
As the email explained, during an assault, the school’s 10 campuses will follow protocol from Hawaii’s official emergency management officials. Students will normally be alerted to danger by emergency sirens, that will be part of an outdoor siren system, at which point students will need to shelter in place.
The email then linked to a presentation from the Hawaii Department of Defense. The 30-page file assured that a nuclear attack was unlikely, but was something that cannot be ignored. Directly comparing current events to fears during the Cold War, it was said that the current risk was far lower, but also warned that there are currently no relocation plans, designated fallout shelters, or federal funding for attack-related emergencies. Still, Hawaii is developing a two-phase plan. In addition to the outdoor siren system, the state will also release emergency alerts on television and on smart phones.
“In the last two years, there was 56 missile launches,” as Hawaii state Rep. Gene Ward said, according to KTVQ, “That is a wake-up call.”
The pre-scripted message that will play during an attack
“The U.S. Pacific Command has detected a missile threat to Hawaii. A missile may impact on land or sea within minutes. This is not a drill.”
“If you are indoors, stay indoors. If you are outdoors, seek immediate shelter in a building. Remain indoors well away from windows. If you are driving, pull safely to the side of the road and seek shelter in a building or lay flat on the ground.”
“We will announce when the threat has ended.”