What do they know? Out of the blue, NYC releases intense PSA on what to do in a nuclear attack

When COVID lockdowns were implemented across the United States and those deemed “non-essential” were told to “stay home, stay safe” many found the opportunity a blessing to learn new things while others sought comfort in streaming services. The NYC Emergency Management Department signaled they may have been in the latter camp after they jumped the shark on panic porn by raising the specter of a nuclear disaster.

Without preface or pretext a 90-second public service announcement (PSA) was introduced on nuclear preparedness Monday with an assurance that the threat of an attack was “very low.” “As the threat landscape continues to evolve,” Commissioner Zach Iscol said in the release, “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.”

The video, featuring a woman standing in front of a CGI background, was just as cagey as it may as well have begun by declaring don’t ask questions. “So there’s been a nuclear attack,” the presenter said. “Don’t ask me how or why, just know that the big one has hit. Ok?”

“So what do we do? There are three important steps that I want you to remember,” she continued and, gratefully, without naming any essential goods to spark panic buying.

“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 oversimplified list of measures started. Remember, she didn’t say anything about an early warning being issued by the authorities to get ahead of a strike. In this scenario, the nuclear strike has already happened.

Next came staying inside. “Shut all doors and windows. Have a basement? Head there. If you don’t have one, get as far into the middle of the building as possible. If you were outside after the blast,” as many would be in this scenario, “get clean immediately. Remove and bag all outer clothing to keep radioactive dust or ash away from your body.”

Lastly, demonstrating that the emergency management team had put little effort into this PSA, they disregarded the fact that nuclear explosions generate an electromagnetic pulse as they encouraged New Yorkers to “stay tuned.”

“Follow media for more information. Don’t forget to sign up for Notify NYC for official alerts and updates,” they added in what may be the cringiest attempt to gain followers. “And don’t go outside until officials say it’s safe. All right? You’ve got this.”

“The only form of communication that’s going to work after a nuclear strike is a radio,” one social media user pointed out. “If our government is seriously planning to rely on text messages and email, they’re more out of touch than I thought.”

The government officials certainly hadn’t read the room after New Yorkers were traumatized by the draconian response to COVID and suspicions were immediately raised.


Should those suspicions be unwarranted, Fox News contributor Dr. Janette Nesheiwat hinted that government resources might be better directed at responding to the preventable rampant violent crime that continues to take the lives of New Yorkers.


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