Southern California should have its nuclear attack response plans in place, the Los Angeles-area Joint Regional Intelligence Center said in a bulletin issued last month.
The bulletin, dated Aug. 16, was issued after North Korea’s July test of an intercontinental ballistic missile that some analysts said could reach the U.S. West Coast.
“North Korea’s propaganda videos feature ruins of San Francisco and Washington,” the bulletin says, according to a Sept. 25 report by Foreign Policy.
“[T]here will be no significant federal assistance at the scene for 24-72 hours following the attack,” the 16-page “Nuclear Attack Response Considerations” bulletin says.
The bulletin, which cited figures from the Rand Corp., says a nuclear blast at the Long Beach Port could cause more than $1 trillion in damage, including loss of life and destruction of homes and infrastructure.
It also warns of the possibly of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) disabling communications.
In a section on “radiation protection basics,” the bulletin instructs people on what to do during a nuclear attack. “Lie face down and place hands under the body to protect exposed skin,” it recommends. “Remain flat until the heat and shock waves have passed.”
Full article: California regional intel center warns local officials to prepare for nuclear attack (World Tribune)