The Hyogo Prefectural Government said Wednesday it will hold an evacuation drill Sept. 17 in Nishinomiya to prepare for a possible ballistic missile attack.

The drill, also involving the central government, will be held in response to North Korea’s recent announcement of a plan to launch ballistic missiles over western Japan into waters near Guam.

Some 850 residents will participate and practice evacuating to community centers and elementary schools.

A local community wireless system will be used to inform participants of the launch of a missile and urge them to take refuge indoors.

Participants will also practice protecting themselves on the spot if they cannot make it inside in time.

A mock broadcast will be made to announce a successful strike by Standard Missile-3, or SM-3, interceptors from Maritime Self-Defense Force Aegis destroyers.

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