The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced this week ― days after President Donald Trump bragged about the size and effectiveness of his “ Nuclear Button ” (which doesn’ t exist ) ― that the agency will hold a public session on how to prepare for a nuclear explosion .
The CDC said its briefing, which is scheduled for the afternoon of Jan. 16, will address “ planning and preparation efforts” for such a strike.
“ While a nuclear detonation is unlikely, it would have devastating results and there would be limited time to take critical protection steps, ” the CDC explained in its description of the event. “ Despite the fear surrounding such an event, planning and preparation can lessen deaths and illness. ”
The agency said most people “ don’ t realize that sheltering in place for at least 24 hours is crucial to saving lives and reducing exposure to radiation. ”
Good to know.
Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un have been engaged in an escalating battle of threats and taunts over their respective nuclear arsenals. A defiant Pyongyang has made major advances to its nuclear program over the past year, and has directly threatened Americans. Trump has responded by saying the U. S. would “ totally destroy” the hermit kingdom, a nation of 25 million people, if provoked.
In the event of an actual nuclear war, “ there would be survivors for days trying to make their way out of the rubble and back home, dying of radiation poisoning, ” Jeffrey Lewis, a nuclear policy expert at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, previously told HuffPost. You can read more about that hypothetical scenario here .