Hawaii to Begin Education Campaign for Possible North K…

Kalhan Rosenblatt

In the wake of North Korea’s ongoing nuclear tests, Hawaii will begin rolling out an educational campaign on Friday hoping to teach residents and visitors what to do should a missile launch from the reclusive country reaches the island’s shores.

The Hawaii Emergency Management System began working on the campaign in response to increasing public awareness and concern over the repeated launches.

When it comes to potential threats to Hawaii, the state is currently more likely to be trounced by a hurricane or tsunami than a nuclear weapon hurled from North Korea.

Still, it is preparing for an attack from the unpredictable nation in the same way it would a natural disaster.

“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.”

In April, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency posted to its website, saying although the chances of a missile being directed at the state are small, it’s better not to take any risks and be caught unprepared.

A missile launched from North Korea could hit Hawaii within 12 to 20 minutes, the statement says.

The new plan will be based on what happens if a 15-kiloton nuclear weapon detonated 1,000 feet above Honolulu, according to Hawaii News Now. The state will also roll out a new siren system as early as November.

A siren currently in use will sound before the new one begins, which would signal to residents the state is under attack.

Image: North Korea Missile

A handout photo made available by the official North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) allegedly shows the North Korean inter-continental ballistic rocket Hwasong-14 being prepared before a test launch at an undisclosed location on July 4, 2017 in North Korea.