CDC schedules briefing on preparing for nuclear detonation

CDC schedules briefing on preparing for nuclear detonation
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has scheduled a briefing for later this month on how to plan and prepare for a nuclear detonation. 

The briefing, for CDC employees, is part of a monthly series at the agency meant to "further strengthen CDC's common scientific culture and foster discussion and debate on major public health issues." 

"While a nuclear detonation is unlikely, it would have devastating results and there would be limited time to take critical protection steps," the CDC said in a notice for the briefing, which came the same week President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? MORE bragged on Twitter about U.S. nuclear capabilities.

"Despite the fear surrounding such an event, planning and preparation can lessen deaths and illness," the CDC says.

Several CDC employees, including those specializing in radiation, will present at the event Jan. 16. 

It's unclear how long the briefing has been scheduled. 

Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un have exchanged repeated insults about nuclear weapons, with the president taking to calling Kim "rocket man" over his obsession with his ballistic missile program.

Democrats and foreign policy experts have been critical of Trump's comments on North Korea. 

“These childish attacks raise the risk of stumbling into an avoidable war,” Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael Kaine2020 general election debates announced Senators call for Trump administration to testify on Syria Schumer: Transcript 'absolutely validates' Trump impeachment inquiry MORE (D-Va.) tweeted Wednesday.