New Yorkers received instructions on how to respond if New York City ever faced a nuclear attack. NYC’s Emergency Management provided a “Nuclear Preparedness Public Service Announcement” following President Joe Biden’s promise to Americans to keep them safe during his “watch.”
Biden made several promises during his campaign for the presidency. One of these involved providing security measures against foreign and domestic enemies of the United States.
The public service video is barely two minutes in length. In the announcement, a happy voice is heard telling the listener, “So there’s been a nuclear attack. Don’t ask me how or why. Just know that the big one has hit.” All of this against the backdrop of the city seeking to recover from a nuclear attack.
During the video, New Yorkers are advised what three things to do if they have survived the initial nuclear detonation. The steps include:
- Get inside quickly. Do not use a car as shelter but into a building and get away from any windows.
- Shut all doors and windows and do not leave the building. If basements are available, find cover there. Otherwise, get as close to the building center point as possible.
- The last thing is to “stay tuned” and listen to the media for further information. Also advised to go to “notify NYC” and sign-up.
Zach Isscol, NYC Emergency Management Commissioner said in conjunction with the PSA, “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.”
According to Newsmax, there is no information provided as to what citizens should do regarding food or medical services as they wait for further developments. The article also compares the video to older “duck and cover” films that described nuclear attack responses that Americans should follow.
Responses from the social media world have ranged from appreciating the public service announcement to fear and humor.
As one person tweeted, “Telling people to get inside and take a shower? As if you’re not just going to disintegrate immediately.”