Although authorities consider the probability of a nuclear attack to be “very low,” New York City’s Emergency Management department has created a citizen’s guide on how to act in the event of a nuclear attack. Although there are many recommendations, the public service announcement has summarized them in three main steps: Get Inside, Stay Inside and Stay Tuned.
“There are three important steps that I want you to remember,” the video’s host says. “Step one: get inside, fast. You, your friends, your family … get inside. And, no, staying in the car is not an option. You need to get into a building and move away from the windows.”
The PSA has drawn widespread reaction on social media, ranging from derision over the strangely cheery tone of the host (who starts off with: “So there’s been a nuclear attack. Don’t ask me how or why, just know that the big one has hit. Ok?”) to puzzlement and concern as to the reasons behind the release of the video. Even politicians have weighed in.
This should NOT be happening.— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) July 13, 2022
We should be leading negotiations for peace in Ukraine and working towards prosperity for all, NOT warning innocent people in NY about what to do in a nuclear attack.
People’s lives shouldn’t be sacrificed for funding.
The NYC Emergency Management said in a press release that “while the likelihood of a nuclear weapon incident occurring in/near New York City is very low, it is important New Yorkers know the steps to stay safe.” But many concerned citizens are wondering why this is coming up now.
How to survive a nuclear attack instructional video released by NY City Emergency Management. Does anyone else find this a little unnerving? https://t.co/pTpOY2VTQi— James Dwyer (@jamescdwyer) July 12, 2022