This week, if you’re in New York City (NYC), you may have seen a video that began with a someone amidst blaring sirens saying, “So there’s been a nuclear attack.” Before you respond with, “OMG, why didn’t someone tell me this on Twitter,” keep in mind that this video was not a news update. It was actually a news update. A new Public Service Announcement (PSA).From the NYC Emergency Management Department. In the video, the narrator walks along what appears to be a NYC street, which you’ll soon hear is something that you shouldn’t do immediately after a nuclear attack. In case you are wondering how or why this supposed nuclear attack has occurred, the narrator says preemptively, “Don’t ask me how or why. You just need to know that the big one has struck. OK. So what do we do,” as you can see in the video here:
Indeed, if a nuclear attack has indeed occurred, your first reaction probably shouldn’t be asking, “how and why” like a five-year-old. And it shouldn’t be running to the local store to buy as much toilet paper as possible either. Toilet paper won’t help shield from the intense amount of radiation around you even if it is the two-ply kind. Instead, the narrator offers, “three important steps that I want you to remember.” And these are:
- “Step 1: Get inside, fast.” This is in case you were thinking of hanging around outside, taking selfies with the mushroom cloud and shouting, “YOLO.” The narrator emphasizes that “get inside,” doesn’t mean get into a car, but rather moving into a building and away from any windows.
- “Step 2: Stay inside, shut all doors and window.” The narrator continues with, “have a basement, head there.” When the narrator adds, “If you don’t have one,” meaning a basement, her next words aren’t, “then build a basement as quickly as possible.” Rather, she says, “get as far into the middle of the building as possible.” Again, this is to put as much distance and as many layers of material as you can between you and the radiation. The narrator adds, “If you were outside after the blast, get clean immediately. Remove and bag all outer clothing to keep radioactive dust or ask away from your body.”
- “Step 3: Stay tuned. Follow media for more information.” And, no, media doesn’t mean InfowarsInstagram, any celebrity podcast or Truth Social. It is real news organizations. The narrator adds, “Don’t forget to sign up for Notify NYCFor official updates and alerts, click here And don’t go outside until officials say it’s safe.”
These three steps are obvious, but you should also remember what happened during the latest public health emergency (which by the way, is still ongoing): the Covid-19 Pandemic. Misinformation, disinformation, and all kinds of counter-productive behaviors have plagued and hampered our country’s reaction and response to the pandemic. You can’t expect everyone to behave in a rational, orderly way after a nuclear strike. I have a Brooklyn bridge that you can buy.
Now, you may be wondering about the timing of such a PSA, unless you’ve been sitting at home thinking, “gee, I really would like some more things to worry about in 2022.” After all, The press release the NYC Emergency Management Department released on July 11 did make it clear that “the likelihood of a nuclear weapon incident occurring in/near New York City is very low.” Some on social media questioned the necessity of the PSA, and At a press conference held on July 12,, a reporter asked Mayor Eric Adams whether the PSA was “alarmist.” To this, Adams answered, “No, I don’t think it was alarmist. I’m a big believer in better safe than sorry.” Adams added, “This was right after the attacks in the Ukraine, and OEM [Office of Emergency Management]To be prepared, we took the proactive step of saying “let’s get ready!” And it doesn’t mean just a nuclear attack, it’s any natural disaster.”
Then, there was FOX NewsTucker Carlson is the host the NYC PSA “lunacy.” Of course, you may say that Carlson describing something as “lunacy” may make you wonder the opposite, whether there was actually logical rationale behind airing the PSA. Carlson is the man whom John Oliver called a “superspreader” of fears and doubts about the Covid-19 vaccine, Who claimed that Anthony Fauci MD has become World War II dictator Benito Mussolini?, Who promoted testicular tanning. Carlson may question you about something, which could lead to your own questioning.
After showing a clip of his PSA, he ended up on his show. Tucker Carlson Tonight Carlson exclaimed, “You’re suggesting that someone might lob a nuclear weapon into our largest city? What? Why the chirpy tone?” He continued by saying, “What the hell are you talking about? How can we get so close nuclear war that New York City is telling me to take the radioactive dust off of my pants? This is total lunacy.” Carlson added, “This is crazy. This is insane. Because Putin’s bad and he’s going to take over Belgium?”
Hmm, Russia, under President Vladimir Putin, invaded Ukraine in Feb. And the Russian government Several vague references to nuclear arms were made. Russia has shown that they are open to invading and trying to take over other countries. although they haven’t talked specifically about invading Belgium. The possibility of nuclear weapons use has been raised more than any other event since Cold War time by the invasion of Ukraine and nuclear talks. The past three decades haven’t been like the years from 1947 to 1991 when the Cold War with the Soviet Union and it’s backup band then, the Eastern Bloc, was raging as the following tweet pointed out:
Now it’s not clear whether the 1962 in this tweet was accurate but during the Cold War there were continuing concerns about nuclear war and even regular nuclear response drills such as the “duck and cover” ones. (By the way, “duck and cover” may not work quite as well if a nuclear missile is hurting right at you.) After the collapse of the Soviet Union, in late 1991 the times were different. People began to focus on urgent matters like whether Ross and Rachel would be able to get together on the TV program. FriendsWhat are the Kardashians wearing? And who left the dogs out? Many people may feel a little less prepared for a nuclear emergency.
However, Russia’s actions this year have reminded the world that countries with nuclear weapons can act seemingly suddenly, aggressively, and even impulsively. Recent years have demonstrated how fast a country can obtain an impulsive leader and possibly access to nuclear codes. Perhaps the NYC Emergency Management Department thought that it was necessary to remind the public that nuclear war is always possible.
In a statement in the press release, NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Zach Iscol indicated that “New York City Emergency Management has a multitude of free resources for New Yorkers to prepare for emergencies, including no-notice events.He said. “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.” The video ended with the narrator saying, “All right? You’ve got this.” Maybe this PSA was the NYC Emergency Management Department’s way of signaling to the public, “we’ve got this,” meaning that they are working on emergency preparedness resources and strategies.
It’s important to remember that public health emergencies don’t happen according to pre-determined schedules like Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies. They don’t issue trailers about themselves in advance or check your calendar to make sure that you don’t have anything else planned. Although public health experts warned of the possibility of a pandemic for the past decade, many people were still unaware of it and many Tinder dates were cancelled. Therefore, the best time to prepare everyone for a public health emergency whether it’s a pandemic or nuclear war is now.