Hawaii Is Preparing a New Nuclear Contingency Plan Because of North Korea


US Department of Defense
FOIA documents show the Hawaii Department of Defense is about to revamp its emergency plans for a nuclear missile attack.

By Sarah Emerson | MOTHERBOARD

Growing up in Hawaii, the only disaster I was taught to prepare for was a catastrophic tsunami. If you asked me what to do, say, during a nuclear missile attack, I’d be utterly useless.

It wasn’t necessarily my fault, though. Decades had elapsed since residents worried about „the bomb.“ Hawaii’s most recent community shelter plan, a set of instructions for surviving nuclear fallout, dates to 1985, when Cold War paranoia was still palpable. But as unproven fears of a North Korean nuclear strike grow louder, so too has the need for public reassurance.

For this reason, Hawaii is massively overhauling its archaic nuclear contingency plans—an effort one state official described to me as „formidable and critical to the survival of our 1.4 million residents and visitors in the unlikely event of a nuclear detonation.“

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