Sunday, January 07, 2018

CDC will hold an event "Public Health Response to a Nuclear Detonation" on Jan 16 in Atlanta

U.S. News and World Report, and MSN News report that the CDC will hold a public meeting and apparently a webinar on January 16, 2018 from Atlanta on civil defense preparations for a nuclear attack. The long story is here.

The CDC’s event will be called “Public Health Response to a Nuclear Detonation”, and it is very brief, link here.  But the CDC does say such a detonation is “unlikely”.

The CDC says people should say under cover for at least 24 hours after a detonation.

Nuclear war may be more survivable than a lot of us want to believe, as here bringing up moral thinking like Facebook’s “The Survival Mom”, as well as the prepper community.


But if nuclear war broke out in the Korean peninsula, officials would have a quandary on whether to evacuate major cities in the US.  Many people would refuse to go and would not want to survive. 

The presentation announcement recalls the "duck and cover" drills of the 1950s and films like "The Atomic Cafe". 

But concerns about possible nuclear detonations circulated after 9/11, as from the so-called "suitcase nukes".  

CDC has enjoyed a proxy for a source of "authority" on proper behavior after threats to the public, as in the early days of the AIDS epidemic. 
I don't recall any specific training on radiological hazards at Fort Jackson in Army Basic Combat Training in 1968. 

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