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How concerned should we be about N. Korea's nuclear threat?

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA 21) -

President Trump turned up the political heat on North Korea late Thursday afternoon saying, "North Korea better get their act together, or they're going to be in trouble like few nations ever have been in trouble in this world."

So how concerned should we be?

"I have seen the headlines and it does scare me, yes," Kathy Pargmann says.

"I'm not too worried about it. I think that they've threatened us before maybe, and so I'm really not too worried unless something actually hits and then I'll be concerned," Quila Jackson says.

So how concerned should we be about a possible nuclear launch that could land right here?

"I haven't really mentally wrapped my head around what it would be, but I know it would be catastrophic if it did happen," Pargmann says.

"Since this is topical it is a threat, although very low on the spectrum, it is a potential to happen anywhere at any time," Homeland Security Director Bernie Beier says.

Homeland Security Director Bernie Beier participates in statewide drills for all kinds of disasters, including nuclear ones, and says a direct hit on Fort Wayne is unlikely.

He says the impact we'd likely see would be a massive influx of people fleeing a contaminated area.

"Even in an attack in the Chicago area, you likely wouldn't see the fallout bloom or at least not that concentrated this far away. But you'd likely see a lot of people so the demands on health, hospitals, our highways, sudden influx of people they might have been injured in crashes, needing fuel, stranded on the highways. So we'd have a different list of problems," Beier says.

He says old civil defense bomb shelters still exist under some buildings downtown, but says they haven't been maintained with food and water provisions for decades.

Beier says if you survive a bomb blast, the best thing to do is leave the area as soon as you can.

"But if that's not an option or if you can't, it's to shelter in place. So the duct tape and plastic is really about closing up those openings in your home or your office, wherever it is you're sheltering in place, doorframes, windows," he says.

He wants you to keep threats in perspective, though, and remember that you're much more likely to face a house fire than a nuclear blast, so you might think about preparing for that instead.

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