'Lie on the ground, keep calm and don't look at the flash' - Guam residents issued with missile attack advice

Guam residents have been issued with advice on what to do in the event of a missile attack by North Korea.

The US island territory’s Office of Civil Defence has been distributing fact sheets entitled Preparing for an Imminent Missile Threat in the wake North Korea’s threat to launch an attack as tensions have continued to escalate with the US.

The guidance on the sheet includes tips on building an emergency kit, advice on staying put in concrete or brick structures, and reminders about keeping calm.

“Do not look at the flash or fireball – it can blind you”, the fact sheet advises those who are caught outside. “Lie flat on the ground and cover your head.”

The leaflet also offers guidance on removing radioactive material, saying: “When possible, take a shower with lots of soap and water to help remove radioactive contamination”, but it said to not scratch or scrub skin and “do not use conditioner because it will bind radioactive material to your hair”.

Threats – North Korea has warned that it could reduce the US mainland to ashes at any moment (Picture: Reuters)

On Friday US President Donald Trump continued his war of words with North Korea, warning that the US military was “locked and loaded” if his opposite number decided to “act unwisely”.

Since Mr Trump warning of “fire and fury” if North Korea continued to threaten the US, North Korea has laid out plans to attack Guam and has warned that it could ‘reduce the US mainland to ashes’ at any moment.

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Guam governor Eddie Calvo said officials have not raised the territory’s threat level despite the threat, and has apparently been assured in a phone call from Mr Trump that Guam is safe.

“We are with you a thousand percent,” Mr Trump said, according to video of the call posted on Mr Calvo’s Facebook page. “You are safe.”

Reassurance – President Trump has apparently reassured Guam governor Eddie Calvo that the island is safe (Picture: Reuters)

And Mr Calvo apparently responded by saying he feels safe and confident with Mr Trump’s leadership, saying he was glad the tycoon was “holding the helm”.

(Top picture: PA)

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