Guam has fired off an Imminent Missile Threat fact sheet in response to the apocalyptic threat from North Korea.
The small U.S. island, which has been caught in the middle of an explosive war of words between President Donald Trump and North Korea, advises its citizens on how to survive an “imminent” missile attack from nuclear-armed Pyongyang.
“Take cover, lie flat on the ground and cover your head, and no matter what, DO NOT look at the glaring flash or fireball.”
These and other unsettling nuclear attack survival tips have been released by Guam Homeland Security and Office of Civil Defense. The chilling two-page fact sheet details what citizens of the 162,000-populated island that houses 6,000 U.S. troops should do to survive the worst outcome of the boiling tensions between Washington and Pyongyang.
The small Pacific island that belongs to the U.S. has been sent back to the terrifying World War II days, when Guamanians (citizens of Guam) used to receive eerily similar fact sheets from authorities on how to stay safe during warfare.
Threatened by North Korea earlier this week, the newly released fact sheet titled “Preparing for an Imminent Missile Threat” stirred the worst memories in WWII survivors who still live on the 50km-long island that serves as a key regional asset for the Pentagon.
Guam Issues Nuclear War Survival Guide
After decades of living peacefully, Guam authorities are urging their citizens to be prepared for an “imminent” missile attack from North Korea after the rogue state threatened to unleash “enveloping fire” at the small island sitting 9,700km from the U.S. mainland.
While experts estimate the consequences and economic impact of an imminent U.S. vs North Korea war, some Guamanians are stockpiling essentials to survive while taking shelter if Pyongyang makes good on its promise to strike the island.
In the fact sheet, Guam authorities advise residents to stay inside “the nearest building, preferably built of brick or concrete,” for “at least 24 hours unless otherwise told by authorities.” The fact sheet noted that if North Korea delivers its promise to fire a quartet of ballistic missiles at Guam, emergency response personnel would provide information to “take shelter, go to a specific location, or evacuate a specific area” via radio, news or online sources.
Guam Residents Advised to NOT Look for Their Family if Separated
The document also advises Guam residents to identify concrete shelters near their homes beforehand in order to be better prepared for the worst outcome. “If an attack warning is issued, take cover as quickly as you can, under concrete structure or below ground if possible, and stay there until instructed to do otherwise,” the newly released fact sheet advises.
Guam authorities also add that staying inside is vital, as there could be radioactive material outside. The fact sheet also advises people to stay “where you are, even if you are separated from your family,” as this “can save your life.”
If caught outside, it is critical to not look at the flash or fireball, which can cause a loss of eyesight, and take cover “behind anything that might offer protection.” Lying flat on the ground while covering your head would also be a sensible decision if caught outside, the document reads, as “it could take 30 seconds or more for the blast wave to hit.”
The unsettling document also instructs Guamanians to dispose of their clothes and wash heavily if they were outside during or after missiles hit the island, as this would help “remove radioactive material that may have settled on your body.” Radioactive material can spread, which is why removing clothing is vital.
Life AFTER a Missile Attack: What Guam Citizens Should Do
Showering is equally important, while “lots of soap and water” must be used to help remove radioactive materials. “Do not scrub or scratch the skin,” Guam authorities advise, adding that the hair should be washed with shampoo or soap, while conditioner should not be used as it would bind radioactive material to the hair.
If there is no access to shower nearby, a wipe or clean wet cloth on the parts of the skin that was exposed could also be used. The fact sheet also advises people against calling the school to check on their kids, as doing so could “slow down emergency operations and make it difficult for officials to communicate directly with school staff.” Instead, parents must wait for instructions to pick up their children from school, as every school has “emergency cards that identify who can pick up your child.”
After a missile attack is over, Guam residents are advised to keep listening for official information from authorities to know what to do next. After the attack, which North Korea has said it would take less than 18 minutes to reach the island, authorities advise Gambians to steer clear of areas marked “radiation hazard” or “HAZMAT” as well as all damaged areas. “Remember that radiation cannot be seen, smelled or otherwise detected by human senses,” the document concludes.
Trump: ‘US Military Locked and Loaded’ to Attack North Korea
Homeland Security spokeswoman Jenna Gaminde has previously told the media that Guam residents would be immediately alarmed by sirens from the All-Hazards Alert Warning System located across the small Pacific island in case North Korea delivers its promise to strike Guam “within two weeks.”
For decades, Guam has been a critical asset for the U.S. military, housing 6,000 troops and strategic bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons. Guam is also home to the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system, which can knock out intermediate-range missiles as their approach the island.
Experts have previously estimated that it would take the U.S. “less than five minutes” to nuke North Korea. On Friday, the Pentagon said it was ready to attack Pyongyang “tonight,” as President Trump further escalated his incendiary rhetoric, saying that U.S. military solutions are “now fully in place, locked and loaded should North Korea act unwisely.”
Military solutions are now fully in place,locked and loaded,should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 11, 2017
The commander-in-chief did not elaborate what “acting unwisely” means in his own understanding.