Don’t get too worried. They’ve also drawn up plans for a zombie apocalypse.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is staging a training session on January 16, titled “Public Health Response to a Nuclear Detonation” — and given the rising tensions between the United States and North Korea, the event seems eerily well-timed. The “grand rounds,” as they’re called, will focus on what federal, state, and local public health programs have done to prepare for a nuclear detonation. The event is aimed at health professionals, but members of the public will be able to watch via livestream.
The CDC’s website describes it like this:
While a nuclear detonation is unlikely, it would have devastating results and there would be limited time to take critical protection steps. Despite the fear surrounding such an event, planning and preparation can lessen deaths and illness. For instance, most people don’t realize that sheltering in place for at least 24 hours is crucial to saving lives and reducing exposure to radiation. While federal, state, and local agencies will lead the immediate response efforts, public health will play a key role in responding.
A spokesperson for the agency told Scientific American that the event has been underway for months, noting that CDC officials took part in a “radiation/nuclear incident exercise” led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) earlier this year. In New York City, the operation was coined “Gotham Shield.” And indeed, it is the CDC’s job to prepare for the worst, even if that means dressing the worst as a zombie apocalypse. Really.
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