PSA on nuclear attack worried and confused New Yorkers


New York (AP) — New York City residents are accustomed to warnings about all kinds of potential threats, including bad weather, public health, and mass shootings.

However, the new PSA, which survived the nuclear attack, rattled several cages.

Released this week by the City’s Emergency Management Agency. 90 seconds video Advise citizens to stay indoors and wash away radioactive dust and ash. It opens as lifeless, computer-generated. A damaged skyscraper can be seen in the background.

Looking into the camera, a spokesman said: Don’t ask how or why. Know that the big one was a hit. “

Many New Yorkers remained asking, “Why now?”

Christina Farrell, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary for Emergency Management, said the video had nothing to do with a particular threat. She said it was about raising awareness of something that most people don’t think much about.

“There is no comprehensive reason that this is when we sent this,” Farrell told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “This is just one tool in the toolbox prepared in the 21st century.”

She said that the agency’s goal is to empower people on horrific subjects, and despite the various reactions to the video, “people are grateful to us for working on this topic. “.

“I don’t know if there’s a perfect moment to talk about nuclear preparation,” she added, adding that city officials have been discussing the implementation of nuclear guidelines for quite some time. Ready New York, a New York emergency response program, has been in operation since 2003.

Mayor Eric Adams said he doesn’t think the video is vigilant. Tell reporters Tuesday “I greatly believe that it is safer than regret.”