The state’s House public safety committee voted unanimously for an update to their plans for coping with a nuclear strike in response to the threat posed by the hermit kingdom.
Hawaii’s nuclear response plan has not been updated since 1985 during the height of the cold war.
And there are fears plans to protect citizens in the case of a nuclear strike are dramatically underfunded.
Committee Vice Chairman Matt LoPresti said: "At a time when we have this kind of sabre-rattling and really blustering foreign policy, it does make people a little nervous.”
Officials feae plans to protect citizens in the case of a nuclear strike are underfunded
The committee Vice Chairman claimed he was not trying to spread fear – but wanted to reassure Hawaiians he was attempting to keep them safe if the worst were to happen.
Mr LoPresit added: “The question for state lawmakers in Hawaii is not one of military plans, but of emergency preparedness.
“When we have an unstable dictator with potential ICBM capabilities and an unpredictable foreign policy and combine that with our emergency management administration which only has plans that are more than 30 years with no federal funding to stock emergency supply kits – well, then we have a problem.”
Forbidden photographs depict the true North Korean army
Wed, April 12, 2017
While tourists are able to visit North Korea as part of a controlled tour group, they are asked by their handlers to never take photographs of soldiers. These pictures taken by photographer Eric Lafforgue show the reality of military service in the secretive state
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Soldiers enjoy a ride at the funfair in Pyongyang
Hawaii’s nuclear response plan has not been updated since 1985
White House press secretary Sean Spicer confirmed the military had a contingency plan for a North Korean strike – but added it was “standard procedure”.
He said: “There are military contingency plans for almost every scenario.
“Around the world, here at home everything from Humanitarian relief to refugee crises to attacks.
“That is standard military procedure to have those kind of things.”
North Korea have threatened to continue with future nuclear tests
The White House have confirmed the plans are standard protocol
It comes after experts warned North Korea could unleash a nuclear attack on Hawaii that compares to the power of bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War Two.
Air Force General Lori Robinson, said: “North Korea's unprecedented level of nuclear testing and ballistic missile development offers a sobering reminder that the US must remain vigilant against rogue nation-states that are able to threaten the homeland.”
General Vern Miyagi added: “We have to keep a lookout for that (the nuclear threat).
“That is why we are talking about updating the plan. It's an awakening.
“Maybe we should get involved.”