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The government is set to hold a briefing on how to prepare emergency responders for a potential nuclear detonation, in the unlikely event of an attack on American soil.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will hold the briefing at its Atlanta, Ga., headquarters Jan. 16, according to the bulletin posted on the agency’s website.

“While a nuclear detonation is unlikely, it would have devastating results and there would be limited time to take critical protection steps,” the CDC said in the description for the session. “Despite the fear surrounding such an event, planning and preparation can lessen deaths and illness.”

The CDC says that public health officials need to develop plans for a possible nuclear attack in order to be prepared, and that there are some misconceptions about what to do immediately following a detonation.

“For instance, 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 said.

The sessions are titled “Preparing for the Unthinkable,” “Using Data and Decision Aids to Drive Response Efforts,” “Public Health Resources to Meet Critical Components of Preparedness,” and “Roadmap to Radiation Preparedness.”

The most recent threat of nuclear attack comes from North Korea, where leader Kim Jong Un demonstrated a variety of missile capabilities in the past year. He may have the ability to launch a nuclear warhead anywhere in the U.S.

President Donald Trump boasted that America’s nuclear arsenal is far more advanced than North Korea’s Monday, saying that his “Nuclear Button is a much bigger & more powerful one than [Un’s], and my Button works!” in an apparent effort to deter aggression.

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