With North Korea’s ongoing nuclear tests and development, the Hawaii government has decided to begin educating locals as well as incoming visitors in what they should do should a missile launch occur from North Korea. The “Hawaii Emergency Management System” started work on the campaign due to increase public awareness and concern.
“We need to tell the public what the state is doing,” Vern Miyagi, administrator of the emergency management agency, said in a statement. “We do not want to cause any undue stress for the public; however, we have a responsibility to plan for all hazards.”
What do you think of this preparedness? I may have to rethink any future trips to Hawaii… let’s face it, I work too much to even really consider going.
As reported by NBC News:
Earlier this month, North Korea launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile, according to military officials. The ICBM, which was believed to be “two-stage,” would have a minimum range of 3,500 miles.
Although the missile would not be to strike Hawaii, which is more than 7,500 miles away, it would be in range to hit Alaska.
“We don’t know the exact capabilities or intentions of the North Korean government, but there is clear evidence that it is trying to develop ballistic missiles that could conceivably one day reach our state,” Miyagi said. “Therefore, we cannot wait to begin our public information campaign to ensure that Hawaii residents will know what to do if such an event occurs.”
Hawaii will follow in the footsteps of California, which began teaching its residents what to do should a nuclear missile reach its borders in April.
Ventura County in Southern California created an 18-page educational pamphlet, four videos and a curriculum for schools and a series of community meetings.
At the center of the campaign was the message “Get inside, stay inside, stay tuned.”