New York City Creates Nuclear Attack Public Safety Announcement

New York City officials released on July 11 a public safety announcement (PSA) telling residents what to do in the event of a nuclear attack.

The New York City Emergency Management released a 90-second video detailing three key steps in the event of a nuclear weapon incident: get inside, stay inside, and stay tuned.

The PSA host in the video explains to residents to get inside a building and stay as far away from the windows as possible.

If a person is outside during the nuclear attack, they should shower immediately and place their clothes into bags to get rid of radioactive dust, the host explains.

The host also urges residents to follow media and city alerts for information.

The timing of the PSA is not clear, with no indication that it has come in response to a specific threat or concern.

“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,” New York City Emergency Management Commissioner Zach Iscol said in a statement.

Mayor Eric Adams called the PSA as a “great idea.”

“My understanding is that it was really taking necessary steps after what happened in Ukraine to give preparedness,” Adams told reporters on July 12.

“I don’t think it was alarmist. I’m a big believer in better safe than sorry,” Adams also said.

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