There’s no fake news like British tabloid fake news.
The Daily Mirror of London reports that Alaska is being urged to prepare for a North Korean nuclear attack – amid fears that a warhead “could reach residents in 20 minutes.”
“The country will NOT attempt evacuations if maniac despot Kim Jong-un fires a nuclear missile, emergency planners have warned,” the newspaper reports.
The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management says, “Not so fast.”
Emergency management professionals say that Alaska is not drafting any nuclear-specific plans, and that the State, as in the rest of the nation, has moved to an all-hazards planning operation to be prepared for manmade, natural, or technological disasters.
“Our message is we encourage everybody to be prepared for anything. Have a disaster plan with your family. Have a disaster supply kit,” said Bryan Fisher, chief of operations.
As for those Prussian blue pills mentioned on the web: An early version of the Mirror story referred to anti-radiation pills, but DHSEM phoned the news desk and had them correct the story.
“Anti-radiation medicine is pretty specific. It only works to prevent absorption of a specific type of radioactive iodine to the thyroid. It’s not going to help against radiation from a nuclear weapon,” Fisher said. He said the department was disappointed in how the story was spun.