A NYC metro area nuke exercise on tap for Tuesday

As if commuters coming into New York City don’t have enough of a hassle getting to work, but this Tuesday they could be caught up in a simulated nuke terrorist attack.

A multi-state exercise is scheduled to begin at 8:00 am Tuesday to respond to  a 10,000 kiloton nuclear bomb detonated over the Hudson, according to  US Department of Energy documents.

The response teams participation will include:

  •  US Department of Energy (DOE)
  • US Department of Defense (DOD)
  •  US Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO)
  • US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  •  Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • US Northern Command (NORTHCOM)
  • State of New Jersey Office of Emergency Management
  • State of New York Office of Emergency Management
  • City of New York Office of Emergency Management

The exercise dubbed Operation Gotham Shield, will use MetLife Stadium as one triage center, according to a local professional helicopter association, informing members that their help will be needed during the operation. The operation was also listed on a northern New Jersey medical association’s web site to alert its members.

None of the agencies above would comment on the exercise, nor would they confirm or deny it was being held.

The timing is curious as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been threatening to use nuclear weapons against US Navy ships and Japan after arresting an US citizen over the weekend.

The bigger question is how will this impact the NY metro area. We have seen in the past government training exercises go real-world during the operation. I’m not for a second suggesting a nuke being detonated, but something less devastating could occur.

So be on the look out in the metro NYC on Tuesday, for power outages and snarled traffic at the very least, while this emergency operation is scheduled to take place.

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