As the war of words between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un continues to escalate, officials throughout California are preparing for the worst; issuing new guidelines and emergency plans should the west coast bear the brunt of a full-fledged nuclear exchange.
According to Foreign Policy, the Los Angeles Joint Regional Intelligence Center issued a 16-page bulletin in August, warning emergency personnel and law enforcement of the devastating impacts a North Korean nuclear attack could have on southern California.
The report, titled “Nuclear Attack Response Considerations” was circulated to all LA-based first responders, including local, state, and federal agencies, as well as the Department of Homeland Security.
The document includes detailed information on a singular nuclear bomb detonation in or near Los Angeles, describing the blast radius, effects of radiation poisoning, an electro-magnetic pulse that would render communication near-impossible, and the impact on infrastructure and buildings.
“The consequences of a nuclear attack in Southern California would be catastrophic,” says the document. “Nonetheless, government entities and first responders are expected to remain operational to preserve human life, maintain order, and aid in the recovery process.”
Last week, North Korean officials threatened to detonate a hydrogen bomb in or above the Pacific Ocean. While the blast itself would not pose a direct threat to Americans in the region, the possibility of radiation contamination and a “nuclear cloud” could create a serious health risk for the west coast of the United States.