On Tuesday, Jan. 16, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, is offering an online briefing on health and safety precautions, planning and preparation in the event of a nuclear attack titled “Public Health Response to a Nuclear Detonation.”
The event is undoubtedly precipitated by the exchange between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim “little rocket man” Jong-un, especially the latter’s New Year’s nationally televised comments that: The entire U.S. mainland “is within our nuclear strike range. … The United States should know that the button for nuclear weapons is on my table.”
On top of that, over the holidays, South Korean intelligence warned the world that “little rocket man” is testing new warheads loaded with anthrax for his intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Can you say unhinged narcissistic psychopath and tyrannical autocrat?
No wonder leaders across the aisle like former Vice President Joe Biden and Adm. Mike Mullen are saying that we’ve never been closer to a nuclear exchange with the rogue state.
North Korea has agreed to resume high-level official talks with South Korea on Jan. 9 after two years of silence, but it continues to ratchet up its rhetoric and nuclear arsenal advocacy against the U.S. So, further action by the U.S. is warranted, especially for our citizens’ defense and protection.
The CDC’s upcoming online nuclear briefing might sound reminiscent to some of days in the 1950s and 1960s when it was having us run drills and drop under our school desks. It might remind others of doomsday thriller movies in which nuclear bombs fall into terrorist hands, like in one of my action movies. But this is no small academic drill or feature film. It’s as real as the ground we stand on.
I’m not an alarmist, but I do believe in self-defense and being prepared, especially with the prospect of an intentional or even accidental nuclear launch. This clear and present danger is beyond Cold War tensions because today the cast of characters is more volatile and unpredictable than ever.
I’ve already written on “What government and media won’t tell you one nuke can do.” I’ve also warned about nukes falling into terrorist hands and being imported across U.S. borders in suitcases.
So, what new does the CDC want to add to our personal preparation plans?
No doubt, it will discuss radiation exposure, contamination and decontamination.
In fact, in preparation, CDC officials took part in a “radiation/nuclear incident exercise” led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to Scientific American.
CDC spokesman Kathy Harben said the Jan. 16 online presentation plans to be very practical and informative. Though its target audience is health care professionals, it will help average people with the basics they might even overlook or not know. “For instance,” Harben said, “most people don’t realize that sheltering in place for at least 24 hours is crucial to saving lives and reducing exposure to radiation.”
The CDC bills the briefing this way: “Join us for this session of Grand Rounds to learn what public health programs have done on a federal, state, and local level to prepare for a nuclear detonation. Learn how planning and preparation efforts for a nuclear detonation are similar and different from other emergency response planning efforts.”
Scientific American stated the platform is a bit more alarming than that: “The titles of several of the talks that will make up the session are enough to give one pause, including ‘Preparing for the Unthinkable,’ and ‘Roadmap to Radiation Preparedness.’ Equally unsettling is the image of a nuclear mushroom cloud on the webpage advertising the event.”
The specialists and subjects they will present during the hour seminar will include:
Public Health: Preparing for the Unthinkable
Dan Sosin, MD, MPH
Deputy director and chief medical officer
Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Using Data and Decision Aids to Drive Response Efforts
Capt. Michael Noska, MS
Radiation safety officer and senior adviser for health physics
Chair, Advisory Team for Environment, Food and Health (A Team)
Office of the Commissioner
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Public Health Resources to Meet Critical Components of Preparedness
Robert Whitcomb, PhD
Chief, Radiation Studies Branch
Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects
National Center for Environmental Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Roadmap to Radiation Preparedness
Betsy Kagey, PhD
Academic and special projects liaison
Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response
Division of Health Protection
Georgia Department of Health
It will be facilitated by:
John Iskander, MD, MPH, scientific director, Public Health Grand Rounds
Phoebe Thorpe, MD, MPH, deputy scientific director, Public Health Grand Rounds
Susan Laird, MSN, RN, communications director, Public Health Grand Rounds
I normally believe less government is the best government. But this is one of very few times you’ll hear me ever say: I’m glad the government is offering this help. If it saves one life, it was worth it.
Now, here’s my advice to the CDC about its next assignment after educating U.S. citizens about the fallout of nuclear war. Warn and educate them about another overlooked and underrated clear and present danger and health crisis: gadolinium in MRIs.