If you’ve read some of my earlier posts, you know I love emergency management campaigns that draw on pop culture – especially post apocalyptic shows like The Walking Dead. This article from the NY Daily News where NYC Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Joe Bruno indicates that the impacts of an attack on the city by a creature such as Godzilla would be manageable. In essence, they are right. Why? Because NYC follows a model of all-hazard preparedness. Do they have a Rampaging Radioactive Monster plan? Of course not. But they do have plans that address “fire, explosions, casualties, damage, debris, bridges and tunnels being out. Roads being out, power issues…” as Commissioner Bruno said. He continued on, joking that they don’t have a plan for slime. (I don’t think Godzilla leaves slime, though)
A few weeks ago I blogged about all hazard planning and included some thoughts on asteroid strike and other low probability events that we don’t necessarily need a specific plan for – we simply needs plans that address the impacts and how we will respond to and manage them.
While the article is largely tongue in cheek, even including a link to an article about the US Air Force’s capability to take down Godzilla and referencing a study conducted by the Hollywood Reporter estimating the dollar cost of the damages in NYC from the Chitauri invasion featured in the Avengers movie, it still leaves a subliminal message to the reader that we (or at least NYC) is well prepared for the impacts of disaster.