On Monday, July 11, the New York City’s Emergency Management Department released a 90-second video advising residents tips in case of a nuclear attack. Officials claimed there was no specific threat of an atomic attack, assuring that the time was just good to release the public service announcement.
The video opens with a female presenter appearing against a computer-generated background showing the city. She then tells viewers there are three “important steps” they need to take, starting with getting inside a building as fast as possible.
Step two involves barricading inside, preferably in a basement, and showering off any dust or radioactive residue if one was caught in the blast outside. The final step involves staying tuned to the media and the government to stay updated.
“As the threat landscape continues to evolve, it is important that New Yorkers know we are preparing for any imminent threats and are providing them with the resources they need to stay safe and informed,” EMD commissioner, Zach Iscol, said in a statement.
A nuclear attack would have a “high impact,” his deputy Christina Farrell told the radio station 1010 WINS.
“I don’t know if there’s ever a great time to put out a nuclear preparedness PSA, but it is very important, and we want New Yorkers to be prepared – so no time like the present,” she stressed, assuring though there is no specific threat right now.
This is reportedly the first nuclear PSA produced in New York City since 1962, the year of the Cuban missile crisis. A few skeptics on the Internet pointed out that the advice in the video is of questionable value in case of an actual nuclear war. Monday’s release reminded many of the “Duck and Cover” advice prevalent in the early years of the atomic age.
“This is about as helpful as hiding under a blanket,” said one Twitter user, pointing out New York City would simply be “gone.”
If there is a nuclear attack, NYC is gone. This is about as helpful as hiding under a blanket— FN Rascal (@SingleHotLatina) July 11, 2022
Another posted a map illustrating what a 15-megaton thermonuclear blast over Manhattan would do, suggesting there might not be anyone alive to follow the instructions.
*closes window*— lazy river (@newplasticbags) July 11, 2022
That oughta do it pic.twitter.com/9POrYZMae4