The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plans on briefing the public about preparing for a nuclear war.
The CDC on Thursday posted a notice for a Jan. 16 discussion about the topic at its headquarters in Atlanta.
“While a nuclear detonation is unlikely, it would have devastating results and there would be limited time to take critical protection steps,” the notice reads.
“Despite the fear surrounding such an event, planning and preparation can lessen deaths and illness,” it adds.
“While federal, state, and local agencies will lead the immediate response efforts, public health will play a key role in responding.”
The notice lists the CDC’s deputy director and chief medical officer in the Office Public Health Preparedness and Response as one presenter.
Dan Sosin will give a speech titled “Preparing for the Unthinkable” during the upcoming briefing, which also includes several emergency and radiation experts as presenters.
Politico on Thursday reported that the event is part of the CDC’s monthly “Grand Rounds” sessions at its headquarters.
The CDC’s other upcoming briefings cover more traditional public health issues, including childhood vaccinations and hepatitis C.
The future event comes amid the backdrop of President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un recently sparring over the strength of their respective nations’ nuclear arsenals.
Trump on Tuesday tweeted that his nuclear launch button is “more powerful” than the one Kim possesses.
“North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times,’” he wrote.
“Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”
Kim on Monday said that “the U.S. should know that the button for nuclear weapons is on my table.”
Trump and Kim have repeatedly traded verbal barbs since last year over North Korea’s quest to obtain nuclear weapons.