Pre­pare Hawaii for nu­clear at­tack

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - VIEWS & VOICES -

The state of Hawaii and the Hawaii Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency are wise to pre­pare the cit­i­zens of Hawaii for the possibility of a nu­clear at­tack from North Korea (“Nu­clear siren alerts fool­ish idea for isles,” Star-Ad­ver­tiser, Let­ters, Dec. 1).

In the highly un­likely event of a mis­sile at­tack, Hawaii would have ap­prox­i­mately 10-15 min­utes to pre­pare once sirens are sounded.

If the peo­ple have learned ahead of time to pre­pare — shel­ter in place; shel­ter if pos­si­ble in a build­ing with thick con­crete walls; stay tuned to AM/FM broad­casts; prac­tice emer­gency pro­ce­dures in schools; pre­pare for 14 days’ worth of food and emer­gency sup­plies — one can ex­pect that there will be far fewer panicin­duced in­juries and ca­su­al­ties.

Oth­er­wise, one may ex­pect a mas­sive tie-up of highly es­sen­tial com­mu­ni­ca­tions and lo­gis­ti­cal sup­port, mass con­fu­sion and panic, very pos­si­bly greater num­bers of in­juries and ca­su­al­ties, and ul­ti­mately much fin­ger-point­ing at gov­ern­ment and civil de­fense agen­cies whose re­spon­si­bil­ity it is to keep Hawaii safe.

To be fore­warned is to be fore­armed.

Myra Taketa Mililani

Sci­ence tells us that a large ma­jor­ity of the pop­u­la­tion would sur­vive a nu­clear at­tack by a North Korean war­head; ed­u­ca­tion and prepa­ra­tion can help in­crease that sur­vival rate, as they would in the face of many dis­as­ters. We will con­tinue to en­cour­age the pub­lic to get the facts, pre­pare ap­pro­pri­ately, and be ready to par­tic­i­pate in their own res­cue.

Vern Miyagi News, Dec. 6).

Franken should vol­un­teer to re­sign on two con­di­tions: One, that Roy Moore with­draw his U.S. Sen­ate can­di­dacy in the up­com­ing elec­tion, and two, that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump also re­sign. Why should Democrats be the only ones to face con­se­quences for their ac­tions?

John Wythe White Haleiwa

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