Hawaii state rep. wants updated contingency plan in case of North Korean attack

Hawaii state rep. wants updated contingency plan in case of North Korean attack
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A Hawaiian state lawmaker wants to update the island’s contingency plan to account for a potential North Korean attack against the U.S., according to a Saturday Hawaii News Now report.

Democratic state Rep. Matt LoPresti wants to update Hawaii’s contingency plan, citing a lack of shelters and outdated plans.

"At a time when we have this kind of saber-rattling and really blustering foreign policy, it does make people a little nervous," LoPresti said.

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"They haven't been updated since 1985," said LoPresti. "I was 11 years old when they were last updated. Many of the buildings that are on the fallout shelter list don't exist anymore."

LoPresti said the shelters should be made readily available for any kind of disaster. 

"Then you have them available, whether there's a hurricane, fallout, or whatever it is. So it's just not one kind of disaster,” he said.

LoPresti’s proposal comes amid growing concern about the increasingly hostile North Korean state and its repeated ballistic missile test launches. Over the weekend, North Korea celebrated its 105th birthday, where it revealed intercontinental ballistic missiles in a show of force.  

Denny Roy of the East-West Center told the news site the missiles are not capable of reaching the U.S. just yet. 

"North Korea doesn't yet have the capability to hit any part of the United States with the nuclear armed missile," Roy said, adding that "they're working on it."