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Action again North Korea's ballistic missiles a hard call for US

Action again North Korea's ballistic missiles a hard call for US

Those caught outside should lay down, cover their heads and "not look at the flash or fireball" to avoid going blind.

The fact sheets didn't seem to cause any widespread anxiety or affect day-to-day Guam life.

Officials have not raised the U.S. territory's threat level after Pyongyang said it had laid out plans to strike near the island in the coming weeks.

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With North Korea threatening to send a salvo of ballistic missiles close to Guam, a US military hub in the Pacific, pressure could grow for Washington to put its multibillion-dollar missile defense system into use and shoot them out of the air.

The document also advises Guam residents to identify concrete shelters near their homes beforehand in order to be better prepared for the worst outcome.

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In a guidance note titled "Preparing for an Imminent Missile Threat", Guam Homeland Security advised seeking out in advance windowless shelters in homes, schools and offices, with concrete "dense enough to absorb radiation". But if the missiles aren't expected to hit the island - the stated goal is to have them hit waters well offshore - should it? But don't scratch or scrub skin and "do not use conditioner in your hair because it will bind radioactive material to your hair".

To prevent radioactive material from spreading, people should remove their outer clothing, seal it in a plastic bag and get as far away as possible, the fact sheet says.

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Homeland Security spokeswoman Jenna Gaminde has previously told the media that Guam residents would be immediately alarmed by sirens from the All-Hazards Alert Warning System located across the small Pacific island in case North Korea delivers its promise to strike Guam "within two weeks".