Do you know what to do in case of a nuclear weapon attack? The federal government, working with state and local organizations, are preparing for the worst, and are conducting nuclear preparedness drills at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the home stadium of the New York Giants.
The drills are code-named ‘Operation Goliath Shield,’ and are being conducted under the direction of the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Federal agencies, including the FBI, the U.S. Army Corpos of Engineers, and the Department of Defense, will also take part.
The emergency management organizations for New York and New Jersey, including such entities as the Greater New York Hospital Association and various ambulance response teams, are also involved in the drills.
The various drills will bring federal agencies such as the Department of Defense, FBI, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers together with state and local entities like the Greater New York Hospital Association and ambulance response teams from across New Jersey.
Operation Goliath Shield will simulate a scenario where a 10 thousand ton improvised nuclear device detonates on the New Jersey side of the Lincoln Tunnel.
According to Fox5ny.com, “The purpose [of Operation Goliath Shield] is to practice how to assess, treat and evacuate victims during a potential nuclear attack in the New York City area.”
FEMA spokeswoman Lauren Lefebvre said the operation will be “focused on interagency and multi-state coordination during a nuclear incident. For the purposes of the drills, MetLife Stadium will serve as the primary response center.
Lefebvre added that the drills are not related to recent missile and nuclear tests. “This is something that’s been planned well in advance of anything going on in current climate. It’s just a test of our ability to communicate across federal, state, and local levels.”
Other similar nuclear preparedness drills will be taking place along the northeast corridor, including tests in Albany and Washington, D.C. A similar test dubbed ‘Northern Lights’ took place in October in Minnesota.
Scary stuff, but it is reassuring that the current federal government is preparing for any contingency.