No fallout shelters on Guam; residents must shelter in place

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Officials do NOT expect North Korea to attack Guam but in the extremely rare possibility that a missile attack happens residents are to shelter in place or find the nearest concrete structure.

Guam – Although both American and local officials say that it is highly unlikely that there will be any sort of attack by North Korea against Guam, it was made clear (Monday) during a press conference at Adelup that there are no bomb or fallout shelters on Guam.

Instead residents are expected to shelter in place. Guam Homeland Security Advisor George Charfauros says it’s simply not feasible to have a bomb or fallout shelter as it only takes 14 minutes for a missile to reach Guam from North Korea. This is not enough time to move people into fallout shelters. In addition, most of Guam’s homes and most of Guam’s buildings are constructed to withstand super typhoon strength winds which can reach up to 200 miles per hour.

“The best thing to do is get into the buildings that are built to withstand category five typhoons. Those same buildings will protect you from a nuclear blast and a nuclear attack,” said Charfauros adding, “Just pull the shutters together and stay inside.”

Residents should find the nearest concrete structure. Then find a small interior room with no or few windows. Close all windows, drapes and blinds and turn off all fans and air conditioners. Stay inside for at least 24 hours.

If caught outside do not look at the flash or fireball. Take cover behind anything that might offer protection. If you have to, lie flat on the ground and cover your head. Then find shelter as soon as possible and get clean as soon as possible. Remove clothing and seal it in a plastic bag. Shower with as much soap and water as possible but do not rub the skin. Shampoo hair but do not use conditioner it will bind with radioactive material.

“Though the threat level has never changed you still have to provide this information and that’s why for some both whether in the local community or even the media it’s not differring messages. Its understanding where we are at right now but then again if even if there is a one in a million chance it’s the job of the leader of the government to ensure that we are properly prepared for any eventuality even one that is very slim,” said Governor Calvo.

Again, it should be clear that the threat level has not changed and officials do not expect an attack from North Korea.

READ FACT SHEET TO PREPARE FOR MISSILE ATTACK

READ FACT SHEET TO SHELTER IN PLACE