It's no surprise that tensions between the United States and North Korea are running hot right now. Thanks in large part to U.S. intelligence sources claiming that North Korea has successfully miniaturized nuclear warheads that can be equipped with intercontinental ballistic missiles, and the threats from both sides since, it's clear that this is a highly charged moment. So highly charged, in fact, that Guam is informing its citizens on nuclear attack readiness, and what to do if the worst were to happen.
Although there's no reason to think war is actually imminent or unavoidable ― North Korea has been promising to destroy America and its allies for decades, as such statements serve a purpose as domestic propaganda ― the isolated, repressive state's recent threats against Guam, the U.S. island territory in the South Pacific, clearly sent a message.
In response, the Guam Homeland Security department released a fact sheet detailing exactly what people should do if there's a nuclear strike, and it's a rather harrowing read. Again, it's by no means a foregone conclusion that any of the worst-case scenarios will ever actually happen. But even seeing these sorts of instructions distributed to the public raises a haunting feeling, not unlike the days of Cold War nuclear preparedness drills. Here are some of the takeaway pieces of advice being given to residents of Guam:
1. Prepare A Plan For Supplies And Shelter
2. Don't Leave Shelter To Look For Your Family
3. Don't Look At The Explosion
4. Take Cover Behind Any Nearby Obstructions
5. Clean Off Any Radioactive Particles
6. Bag Up Any Contaminated Clothing
7. Take A Shower, But Don't Use Conditioner
8. If Showering Is Impossible, Wipe Off Your Exposed Skin
9. Listen For Official Instructions
If you're curious to review the entire document, you can do so here. While Guam is the location most recently threatened by North Korea, it's worth noting that the advice contained within is valuable under any circumstances involving a nuclear attack.