Where were fallout shelters in King County? This map will tell you
In March 1972, Seattle and King County leaders unveiled a community survival plan “in case of a nuclear attack upon the United States.”
It listed 686 addresses of public fallout shelters that could be used in case of a nuclear attack. A map of all those locations are below.
“Save this Survival Plan … It could save your life,” the plan read.
The plan, which was distributed with advertising sections of five local newspapers, was created in coordination with 28 King County cities for the potential of a nuclear attack without warning. Residents were encouraged to bring their own food and supplies.
Many of the buildings have changed in the 45 years since the plan was developed, and many are private buildings. The plan was also meant to prepare residents for a major earthquake and other natural disasters.
However, a state law passed in 1984 now prevents Washington State Emergency Management from planning for a nuclear strike. Additional details on that law and the recent developments with North Korea are below the map.
State law prohibits funds for attack preparation
The 1984 law specifies that comprehensive emergency management does not include preparation for emergency evacuation or relocation in anticipation of nuclear attack.
State Senator Mark Miloscia, a Republican from Federal Way, has been trying to repeal that law.
In late July, North Korea test-fired a second intercontinental ballistic missile, which some analysts believe could make west coast cities including Seattle a target.
“I couldn’t believe how this thing could go on the books,” said Miloscia, who was a Democrat for a decades and was a B-52 bomber pilot during the Cold War “If we ever have to evacuate or relocate citizens due to a nuclear attack or an impending nuclear attack, right now, we can’t plan for that. It puts like a big stop order on any sort of planning we have to do to prepare for the unthinkable.”
Richard Ellings of the National Bureau of Asian Research told KIRO 7 in April that he thinks North Korea could have Seattle in its sights.
“We have ICOR down at JBLM whose number one purpose is to reinforce the Korean Peninsula in case war breaks out,” he said.
Aggression by North Korean leaders
On August 10, North Korea announced a detailed plan to launch a volley of ballistic missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to U.S. bombers, and dismissed statements by President Donald Trump.
Trump warned Kim Jong Un's government to "get their act together" or face extraordinary trouble, and suggested his earlier threat to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea was too mild.
See video coverage below, scroll down to keep reading.
The North Korean announcement, made in the name of a general who heads their rocket command, warned the North is preparing a plan to fire four of its Hwasong-12 missiles over Japan and into waters around the tiny island, which hosts 7,000 U.S. military personnel on two main bases and has a population of 160,000.
It said the plan could be finalized within a week or so and would then go to leader Kim Jong Un for approval. It would be up to Kim whether the move is actually carried out. It said the missiles would hit waters 30 to 40 kilometers (19 to 25 miles) away from the island.
It is unclear whether North Korea would risk firing missiles so close to U.S. territory, which could provoke countermeasures and further escalation.
President Trump, Secretary of State respond
While Trump was threatening annihilation and boasting from the New Jersey golf resort where he's vacationing that he has made the U.S. nuclear arsenal "far stronger and more powerful than ever before," Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to calm the sense of crisis.
Speaking earlier Wednesday on his way home from Asia, Tillerson insisted the U.S. isn't signaling a move toward military action.
"Americans should sleep well at night," Tillerson told reporters on August 9. "Nothing that I have seen and nothing that I know of would indicate that the situation has dramatically changed in the last 24 hours."
But then Defense Secretary Jim Mattis ratcheted the rhetoric back up, calling on Pyongyang to "cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people."Information from Associated Press reporter Eric Talmadge and the KIRO 7 archives is included in this report.
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