Nuke strike may or may not happen but civil defense is not taking chances


North Korea's latest ballistic missile test last month went higher than ever— reaching an altitude of 4,000 km— according to US officials, who warned that the rogue regime may be on the nose to hit "everywhere in the world" with a nuclear strike.

While Guam may be Pyongyang's default target, the local community remains calm and a bit nonchalant. But regardless of whether the threat is real or idle, the Guam Office of Civil Defense is not taking any chances.

Following a monthly series of emergency siren tests, the civil defense office has renewed its official guidelines on how to survive a nuclear missile strike, including links to the agency’s website and videos enumerating “three easy steps” to beat the 14-minute window—the amount of time one has to run for safety before the missile lands—once the “attack tone” rings.

“If an attack warning is issued, take cover as quickly as possible, below ground if possible and stay there until instructed to do otherwise,” the guidelines say. If caught outside, “find the nearest building, preferably built of brick or concrete, or go inside to the avoid any radioactive material.”

The guidelines also include basic preparedness tips before, during and after the nuclear blast. The government advises people to