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Homeland Security gives presentation on missile attack for American Samoa

PAGO PAGO (Samoa News/Pacnews) — American Samoa has less than 30 minutes to prepare if North Korea decides to launch a missile, executive director of the Department of Homeland Security, Samana Semo Ve’ave’a told members of the House in a presentation.

He said in the event of a nuclear detonation the local Emergency Operations Center will get immediate notification and within two minutes, the local community will be alerted.

Territorial Emergency Management Coordinating Agency manager Faletoa Ulufale went through steps people need to take.

“Go inside a concrete cemented building, stay inside and away from windows and stay tuned to local radio stations for official information.

“Sirens will alert residents and listen to the radio to be informed of what they need to do.”

Faletoa explained that a detonation may bring an electromagnetic spectrum that could destroy all means of communication.

Homeland Security is requesting assistance from the Samoa government to keep communications open if this will happen.

Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Fagaoatua Dorian Salave’a emphasized the importance of keeping members of the public prepared and informed in the event North Korea carries out its threat to fire a missile to the Pacific.