Video: New York City Launches Nuclear Attack Preparedness PSA

This video was created and disseminated by the New York City Emergency Management Department. In this article, they try to explain it.

32 thoughts on “Video: New York City Launches Nuclear Attack Preparedness PSA”

  1. Does City Hall realize modern nukes are 1 million times the power of the Hiroshima or Nagasaki bomb?

      1. Nobody’s saying we wouldn’t get our hair mussed.

        Maybe time for a remake, I’m thinking Ryan Reynolds. And they maybe should hurry. No, it won’t equal the original, but young people need to learn about nuclear war and they won’t watch a B/W movie from the sixties.

        1. You know, I think Ryan Reynolds just might be able to pull off the Peter Sellers bit! I’m thinking Hannibal Buress as Buck Turgidson, and Johnny Depp as Jack D. Ripper.

          1. It would need a love interest and more violence. I’m thinking Wes Anderson to direct. Bill Murray in the war room, Owen Wilson flying the B-52. Raytheon for the merchandising.

  2. She kept her fake/enthusiastic smile throughout the video as she says, “So, there’s been a nuclear attack. Don’t ask me how or why?…” It just so happens that I already know how and why. I would never go to you for an explanation. Ever! Her answer, “Alright, you’ve got this.” Got what!? You’ve got to be kidding! I don’t even know whether to laugh or cry.

  3. “Comments are turned off” on YouTube says it all.

    Oh there’s more-
    “Take care of your body and talk to someone if you are feeling upset.
    Many people may already feel fear and anxiety about the coronavirus 2019
    (COVID-19). The threat of a nuclear explosion can add additional

    It’s OK to have different political philosophies but I think it’s important for people to understand that the government is barking mad.

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      1. Last time I checked — I install it every few years to see if it’s any better — everything sucked in Firefox. I’d like to use it because it’s so easy to set up Tor with, but I just hate everything about it.

        I’ve been using Vivaldi (a fork of Chromium designed by some people who used to work on Opera) for about a year, and it’s pretty nice.

  5. Why don’t we prevent nuclear attacks in the first place by acting like adults and negotiate our way out of mutual destruction…?

    1. Because, unlike the Scouts, the country doesn’t have adult leadership.

  6. Probably a good idea, considering Washington is rushing headlong into a war with Russia which EVERYONE knows will end up going nuclear- probably on our part when we start taking real casualties- thus making New York a prime Ground Zero (again).

  7. What is so horrifying is the lah-di-dah attitude, indicating this can be managed. NYC would be targeted by probably 50 missiles, each with minimally 15 bombs. Each 25 times more powerful than Nagasaki/Hiroshima bombs. Reveals profound disconnect of American politicians both national & local from any semblance of reality. In Bay Area following collapse of part of Bay Bridge freeway in Oakland in 1989, it took nine years to rebuild. 9 years. Part of a freeway. No EMP, no radiation, no loss of utilities. Our infrastructure is so complex and fragile that destruction on this magnitude will be beyond imagining.

    1. Why would an enemy waste 50 missiles on New York, when one or two would do a lot more damage to the United States?

      A New York that is just gone is just gone. A New York with one groundburst that kills a bunch of people, knocks down a bunch of infrastructure and throws up fallout for aftereffects, and an airburst that EMPs all the electronics in the city out of functionality and severely burns anyone not sheltered would create millions of patients, millions of refugees, etc.

    2. As long as we’re musing nuclear attack nightmare scenarios my personal favorite is a few well placed EMPs paralyzes the agricultural and transportation systems and 90+% of the population either starves or is killed fighting for the dwindling food supply, and if I’m in that situation and encounter a politician I expect to see cannibalism in a whole new light.

      1. Living 10 miles from SAC base in neighborhood with many AF pilots, acutely aware as child of nukes — newspaper regularly published front page pix of city in relation to AFB as bullseye of target of bomb. With rings showing damage as moving further from center. What was never mentioned, except in fiction, are the civilization-devastating aspects you mentioned.

        1. We used to have a SAC, MAC, TAC bases near where I live. Closed TAC and MAC bases. SAC base is now a base for air refuel aircraft. All changed during the administration of President George H.W. Bush.

        2. I like to point out that the living will envy the dead, but not for long. It’s odd how a country scared pissless over 9/11 can’t manage functional concern about something so astronomically worse.

  8. Dirty nukes will stay around a while. After things are flattened and people are incinerated.

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