With the prospect of actual nuclear war breaking out between North Korea and the United States seeming ever more real, the CDC is moving to prepare health professionals and others on what the public health response would be to a nuclear detonation.
"While a nuclear detonation is unlikely", the CDC statement asserted, "it would have devastating results and there would be limited time to take critical protection steps".
For example, "Despite the fear surrounding such an event, planning and preparation can lessen deaths and illness". The session in Atlanta, Georgia will include experts on radiation and disaster preparedness and discuss what federal, state and local governments are doing to prepare. "They should accurately be aware that this is not a threat but a reality".
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.
If by "different" the CDC means preparing for injuries sustained by 1000km/h winds, along with treating severe burns, flash blindness and radiation sickness, then the CDC is spot on.
During the annual New Year's Day speech, North-Korea's Supreme Leader said that he had a nuclear button on his desk and that the USA was within the range of his weapons. To make it more visual, the authorities are organizing presentations like "Preparing for the Unthinkable" and "Roadmap to Radiation Preparedness". The meeting is scheduled for January 16.
North-Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un said in his New Year's speech he had a nuclear button on his desk. That goes as much for the effects of climate change on extreme weather as it does for Trump's nuclear rhetoric.
In December, the people of Hawaii heard something they hadn't since the end of the Cold War.
Late past year, Hawaii started testing its nuclear attack warning siren - a first since the Cold War.
"What we're really talking about is protecting yourself from the radioactive fallout that would disperse along the prevailing wind patterns from the blast", he said.
"As part of its mission, CDC provides for the common defense of the country against all health threats", spokesperson Kathy Harben wrote in an email. "Planning for the Grand Rounds takes place regularly, and planning for this one began last April".