The New York City Emergency Management Department has issued a brief video that instructs people about how they should react in the event of a nuclear attack.
An individual in the video directs people to head inside as swiftly as possible, stay there, and monitor media reports.
"You need to get into a building and move away from the windows," the person says. "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, get clean immediately. Remove and bag all outer clothing to keep radioactive dust or ash away from your body."
The individual instructs people not to venture outside until officials declare that it is safe to do so.
Nuclear Preparedness PSA (with captions) www.youtube.com
A nuclear attack against America would be a deadly and devastating event unlike anything that has ever occurred before in U.S. history.
"While the likelihood of a nuclear weapon incident occurring in/near New York City is very low, it is important New Yorkers know the steps to stay safe," a press release about the public service announcement noted.
"New York City Emergency Management has a multitude of free resources for New Yorkers to prepare for emergencies, including no-notice events," New York City Emergency Management Commissioner Zach Iscol said, according to the press release. "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."
While nuclear attack may be an unlikely scenario, crime is an ongoing problem that New Yorkers are currently facing. According to crime statistics, while there were fewer murders in June 2022 than in June 2021, other kinds of crime, such as robbery and grand larceny, were higher in June 2022 compared to June 2021.
Last week, the New York City Police Department noted that a man is wanted for assault after he hit a pregnant woman with a metal wrench in June. "WANTED for ASSAULT: On 6/6, at 5:20 PM, in front of 2476 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, an unknown male struck a 26-year-old pregnant female victim in the head multiple times with a metal wrench. He then fled in a silver BMW," the NYPD tweeted.