With Project Gotham Shield concluding today, which as a reminder is a joint agency exercise involving FEMA, Homeland Security and various other law enforcement and military agencies as a response is tested for a “simulated” nuclear detonation over Manhattan, Fox 5 updates that Federal authorities are running nuclear response drills at MetLife Stadium in northern New Jersey.
Homeland Security and FEMA are conducting Operation Gotham Shield. The purpose is to practice how to assess, treat and evacutate victims during a potential nuclear attack in the New York City area.
The drills simulate a scenario in which a 10,000 ton improvised nuclear device goes off on the New Jersey side of the Lincoln Tunnel.
MetLife Stadium is serving as the primary response center during the multi-day drills. The New Jersey and New York emergency management organizations are also taking part.
The exercise is part of several that are taking place along the Northeast Corridor. Other drills are taking place in Washington, D.C. and Albany.
Federal authorities say the drills are not in response to any current events, including possible threats from North Korea.
This drill follows an exercise that took place in October called Northern Lights that took place in Minnesota.
Meanwhile, NBC News has released a somewhat bizarre, seemingly anachronistic piece right out of the Cold War archives, in which it casually tells readers “What Should You Do in Case of Nuclear Attack? Don’t Run. Get Inside.”
Here is what NBC author James Rainey recommends millions of Americans do should a nuclear bomb emerge.
The threats seem to come almost daily now out of North Korea — ballistic missile firings, preparations to test a nuclear bomb and routine bravado. State-owned media in the rogue nation last week vowed a “super mighty preemptive strike,” one that will reduce the U.S. to “ashes.”
The invective is seen as overblown by American weapons experts, who believe Pyongyang is likely a few years from having the capability of firing a nuclear-equipped missile that can reach the U.S. mainland.
Yet some leading emergency response planners view the persistent menace of North Korea as a new opportunity: reason to alert the American public that a limited nuclear attack can be survivable, with a few precautions.
The simplest of the warnings is: “Don’t run. Get inside.” Sheltering in place, beneath as many layers of protection as possible, is the best way to avoid the radiation that would follow a nuclear detonation.
That conclusion has been the consensus of the U.S. emergency and public health establishments for years, though national, state and local governments generally have been less than aggressive about putting the word out to the public.
Continue reading at NBC News…
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