Alaskans Told to Stock Up on Radiation Pills
November 15, 2017
In the event North Korea launches a nuclear attack against Alaska, state emergency management officials have said the federal government won’t attempt to mount any rescue efforts.
As a result, residents have been urged to stock up on potassium iodide radiation pills, food, water, and other essential supplies. Although they stress it is unlikely Alaska would be targeted, the state is home to one of the nation’s missile interceptor bases at Fort Greeley.
The Civil Defense program was terminated in 1994 and all of the nation’s old fallout shelters have either been repurposed or have fallen into deep disrepair due to lack of maintenance. As a result, Americans are largely expected to be left to their own devices for survival in the event of a nuclear attack.
Alaska disaster preparation team member Jeremy Zidek briefed the media this week, saying:
“There could be evacuation notices put in place but are we going to be able to get that amount of lead time to instruct people to actually evacuate an area? Really the recommendation for people during a nuclear attack is to shelter in place and find some type of secure location that will protect them from that blast.
So with a mass evacuation—if people leave their homes, schools and businesses to try to get out of the area—we may be putting more people at risk. What we’re recommending people do is the same thing that they would do for any other type of disaster preparedness. That is: have an family emergency plan so that they can get in touch with their families quickly, and have an emergency supply of food, water and first aid.”
It is believed that a missile attack from North Korea directed toward Alaska would result in about 10 to 15 minutes’ lead time before they hit their targets.