Amid fears of NKorea attack, CDC to discuss 'response to nuclear detonation'

Amid fears of NKorea attack, CDC to discuss 'response to nuclear detonation'
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The CDC made quite a splash when they scheduled a presentation for later this month with this ominous title: "Public Health Response to a Nuclear Detonation."

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials say the session isn't meant to incite panic, but to prepare for a real but remote threat.

"While a nuclear detonation is unlikely, it would have devastating results and there would be limited time to take critical protection steps," the CDC said, in announcing the presentation. "Despite the fear surrounding such an event, planning and preparation can lessen deaths and illness."

The CDC public health session comes as the state also seeks to bolster a public awareness campaign about what to do in the event of a nuclear attack.

And of course all of these efforts are linked to rising tensions with North Korea.

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Last month, Hawaii started testing an attack warning siren for the first time since the Cold War. And its produced videos and pamphlets on its advice in the event of a nuclear attack: "Get inside, stay inside and stay tuned."

The CDC presentation is set for Jan. 16, and will feature a variety of experts.

Among them: the CDC's chief medical officer and the chief of its radiation studies branch.

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