On Saturday, Hawaii’s governor said an emergency management employee accidentally “pushed the wrong button,” sending out an alert that warned people of a nonexistent incoming ballistic missile and sending the state into a panic.
Though it was a false alarm, the Center for Disease Control wants to prepare Americans for the terrifying possibility of nuclear war.
The CDC is holding a session on January 16 to discuss personal safety measures and the training of response teams “on a federal, state, and local level to prepare for nuclear detonation.”
The meeting, part of the agency’s monthly Public Health Grand Rounds, will include presentations like “Preparing for the Unthinkable” and “Roadmap to Radiation Preparedness,” held at the CDC’s headquarters in Atlanta. “Grand rounds” are a type of meeting or symposium in which members of a public health community come together to discuss topics of interest or public importance.
This isn’t the first time in recent months that official entities have informed the public about the consequences of a possible nuclear strike.
In August, amid escalating nuclear rhetoric from North Korea, Guam’s Homeland Security and Office of Civil Defense released a two-page fact sheet about what to do in the case of a nuclear event.
And in December, Hawaii started monthly testing of a nuclear warning siren system — the first tests since the end of the Cold War.