New York City’s Emergency Management Department has released a PSA instructing residents what to do in the event of a nuclear attack, the first of its kind since the 1960s.
“So there’s been a nuclear attack,” states the female presenter in the opening scene of the video. “Don’t ask me how or why, just know that the Big One has hit.”
She then outlines a number of “important steps” for New Yorkers to take, including getting inside a building and showering off any radioactive dust.
The video also encourages people to sign up for alerts to be sent to their cellphones.
Deputy EMD commissioner 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.”
“We know that this material is very serious and can be scary, frankly, but it is very important,” she added. “There is no specific threat at this time.”
Although talking heads in Russia have occasionally made reckless threats to nuke America, the prospect of it actually happening is incredibly small compared to what it was in the 1960s, when the last such video was released during the height of the Cuban missile crisis.
More hardened cynics would suggest that the PSA is just another effort to prolong the hysteria surrounding Russia in a bid to sustain support for funneling weapons into Ukraine at taxpayer expense, despite the fact that Russia now appears to be winning as it takes vast swathes of territory.
Other respondents ridiculed the advice offered in the video, suggesting that closing windows will do little to help anyone in a 15-megaton thermonuclear blast zone.
That oughta do it pic.twitter.com/9POrYZMae4
— lazy river (@newplasticbags) July 11, 2022
“If there is a nuclear attack, NYC is gone,” commented another. “This is about as helpful as hiding under a blanket.”
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
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