Come in and wait: NYC releases PSA on what to do in case of nuclear attack

Forget “duck and blanket”; “Come inside” and “stay tuned”.

If a nuclear explosion hits the Big Apple, New Yorkers should immediately seek refuge indoors and stay put.

That’s according to a new public service announcement the city released Monday outlining three key steps New Yorkers should take in the event Gotham is bombed, either by a foreign power or a terrorist with a “dirty bomb.” “:

  • Enter
  • Stay inside
  • Stay tuned

“As the threat landscape continues to evolve, it is important for New Yorkers to know that we are preparing for any imminent threat and providing them with the resources they need to stay safe and informed,” said the city’s emergency management commissioner, Zach Iscol, in a statement. July 11.

While the likelihood of such an attack in or around the five boroughs is “very low,” according to the emergency management department, the agency released a small online video to show they have a plan just in case.

The clip begins with deserted city streets and sirens wailing in the distance, as a narrator enters the frame to explain the situation.

“So there was a nuclear attack. Don’t ask me how or why, just know the big one hit,” she said.

The handy guide notes that you must enter a building and move towards the center, away from windows, adding that staying in a car is not a safe alternative.

If you have a basement, head underground, but if not, go as far as possible in the middle of the building for more protection.

The main concern of a nuclear event, if you survive it, is the highly radioactive fallout from the explosion which could dump deadly dust on an area for up to two weeks. Staying indoors is not enough, even with intact windows or doors; you would have to go to the middle of the basement, or a shelter, to stay as protected as possible from the fallout.

Anyone caught outside during the blast should clean themselves immediately, remove all outer clothing and put them in a bag, to keep dust or radioactive ash away from their body.

Wash off the fallout with soap or shampoo – assuming your shower is still working at this point.

Then the wait begins. The narrator tells viewers to follow the media for more information, sign up for the Notifier NYC city emergency alert systemand stay put until authorities say it’s safe to respawn.

“Okay? You got this,” she then signs.

The video does not address the nutritional or medical needs of a nuclear blast survivor, which could be potentially catastrophic after a nuclear event.

The public messaging echoes Cold War-era movies that told Americans to “get down and take cover” in the event of a nuclear explosion.

The Federal Civil Defense Administration’s 1950s campaign showed people dropping quickly and covering up in several everyday situations, such as children in a classroom or a family having a picnic. quiet where the father only used a newspaper to cover his head. , all of which are accompanied by an upbeat tune repeating the “duck and cover” line.

The federal government’s Department of Homeland Security has a more detailed guide what to do in the event of a nuclear explosion which is similar to city guidelines.

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