Nuclear Detonation Preparedness: Communicating in the Immediate Aftermath
From your friends at The Department of Homeland Security with publication date September 2010
Amidst the calamity ensuing from a nuclear detonation, a crucial task for federal, state, and local authorities will be communicating clear and consistent messages to the public. All levels of government have responsibility for coordinating and communicating information regarding the incident to the public. State, local and tribal authorities retain the primary responsibility for communicating health and safety instructions for their population. Effective communications will be a critical factor in building trust, comforting a nation in distress, and, ultimately, saving lives and minimizing injury.
This document was developed as a resource for emergency responders and federal, state, and local officials communicating with the public and media during the immediate aftermath following a nuclear detonation in the United States. This document has been approved for INTERIM USE while it undergoes public message testing and review by state, local and tribal emergency communicators, planners, public health officials and responders.
September 1, 2010
Members of the Domestic Resilience Group
IND Response Sub-IPC
Nuclear Detonation Response Communications Working Group
And, the greatest of all – “Duck and Cover” Civil Defense film from about 1951 during the Cold War
How it all works in technical detail –
Operation Tumbler Snapper 1952 Vintage Atomic Bomb Film
Courtesy National Nuclear Security Administration / Nevada Site Office