Hawaii is launching a public campaign to prepare against North Korea missile threat

The Hawaiian government is planning to launch a campaign to help prepare its residents against a possible attack from North Korea, reports Newsweek.

According to Maui Now, "The plan includes instructions for Hawaiʻi residents and tourists on what to do if a ballistic missile attack is detected."

Public service announcements and school evacuation drills will reportedly be part of the program.

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Despite the ramped-up activity, officials have emphasized that a serious threat is not imminent; Vern Miyagi with the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency has issued a statement saying, "We do not want to cause any undue stress for the public; however, we have a responsibility to plan for all hazards. We don't know the exact capabilities or intentions of the North Korean government, but there is clear evidence that it is trying to develop ballistic missiles that could conceivably one day reach our state. Therefore, we cannot wait to begin our public information campaign to ensure that Hawaii residents will know what to do if such an event occurs."

In spite of warnings from the international community, North Korea has conducted several missile tests this year including one involving a suspected intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, earlier this month, notes the New York Times.

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CNN is also reporting that U.S. intelligence officials have indicated the country may be preparing another similar launch—possibly in the next two weeks.

Experts have estimated that an ICBM fired at Hawaii from North Korea could reach the state in as little as 20 minutes.