There was panic in Hawaii Saturday after an alert was accidently sent that North Korea had launched a nuclear missile. The same thing happened in Japan Tuesday. This prompts the question what Nebraskans and others need to know during an actual ICMB attack. John Cohen is the former Counter-Coordinator at Homeland Security and says this is an issue that needs to be addressed at a federal level immediately.
Cohen says, “The incident in Hawaii reminds us is that we need to perhaps renew some conversations and some planning efforts that we haven’t used or haven’t been involved with since the end of the Cold War. That means governments need to think about how they would respond should their jurisdiction be the target of this type of an attack. From a personal perspective people need to start thinking about this.” That includes what you would do if you saw this alert coming over your cell phone. Cohen says you need to know where to go, how to gather your family together and how prepare to shelter inside your house for up to a week.
Cohen says in the event of a real ICBM attack there would be a major explosion. The number of fatalities would depend on the drop location, urban or rural. The secondary concern would be radiation. He says there are things you can do to prepare and suggests that all Nebraskans take a minute to log on the Department of Homeland Security’s website. They recently updated information on what to do and where to go in a blast location as well as prepare to shelter in place for an extended period of time.