The state of Alaska has no plans to evacuate citizens in the event of a North Korean nuclear attack. Instead, residents are being told to stay in place and stockpile food, water, flashlights and radios.
“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,” state official Jeremy Zidek said, according to Britain’s Daily Mirror. “What we’re recommending people do is the same thing that they would do for any other type of disaster preparedness.
“That is: Have a 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.
“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,” he added.
Anchorage is 1,000 miles closer to North Korea than Honolulu, and both are within range of the ICBMs tested this year by the rogue nation. Zidek estimated that it would take about 20 minutes for a North Korean missile to reach his state.
“Perhaps there would be some type of attack on those military facilities to try to hinder our ability to react to any missile launches,” Zidek said.
Alaska is home to a number of military installations including Fort Greeley, Fort Wainwright, and Nelson Air Force Base.
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