In the event of a nuclear disaster, would you know what to do? If you’re a New York City resident, there’s a YouTube video for that.
The city’s Department of Emergency Management released a public service announcement video outlining the three steps that residents should take in case of a nuclear attack
The PSA is no need to panic: The likelihood of one happening in or near New York City is “very low,” according to the city’s website. But just in case, the video, released Monday on its YouTube channel, advises New Yorkers to do the following:
- Get inside fast, and don’t stay in the car
- Stay inside, and shut all doors and windows. Head to a basement if possible. Remove and bag all outer clothing if exposed outdoors
- Stay tuned to the latest information
While a spokesperson for the Emergency Management Department said there’s “no direct threat” to the city, she said it was important New Yorkers know what to do.
New Yorkers don’t feel ready, according to a 2021 Global Strategy Group survey developed to determine their level of preparedness for emergency situations. The survey found that only 12% of participants said they were prepared for “a radiological incident, such as a dirty bomb.” By comparison, 31% said they were prepared for an active shooter event and 48% for a hurricane.
This month, researchers at Louisiana State University ran multiple computer simulations to assess the impact of global and regional nuclear conflicts on the world’s oceans. It concluded that any conflict would plunge the world into darkness, cause temperatures to plummet and wipe out much of the world’s sea life in what it said would be a “nuclear little ice age.” In April, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned there was a “serious” risk of nuclear war.
Whatever happens, the host of New York City’s video reassures viewers that their knowledge is power, concluding her message with,“Alright? You got this.” In other words people get ready for some shit.