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'Operation Gotham Shield' will Test Emergency Response to a Nuclear Attack on NYC

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Emergency management agencies will coordinate a nuclear response drill in New York and New Jersey that will simulate a nuclear attack on the city and disaster management after the attack.

Much like active shooter drills prepare first responders for armed attackers, this exercise will test coordination between city, state, and federal agencies in the event of a nuclear detonation over NYC, which could cause damage from explosions, nuclear fallout, and an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that could disable communications equipment. Via a PDF from the Nevada National Security Site, the simulated blast will evaluate how well the Radiological Assistance Program (RAP) coordinates with the NYC, NJ, and NY State Offices of Emergency Management. In the event of a real detonation, the local RAP, based in Brookhaven, Suffolk County, would respond with emergency personnel trained in radiological disasters that would need to quickly and effectively communicate life-saving information to local authorities.

'Gotham Shield' is currently scheduled for Monday, April 24th to Friday, April 28th, 2017 and may involve increased numbers of first responders and emergency vehicles present in the city, including those of federal agencies not normally seen. Be advised that this is an exercise and no nuclear material is being released.

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