Duck and Cover! Or Move Out of DC


In what is some shocking news, a Senate committee was informed on Tuesday that should a 10 kiloton nuclear bomb explode at the White House, a lot of damage would occur to our fine state city. They were also briefed on the lack of readiness by our government for such an attack. And here all along I thought we were completely safe since 9/11 due to our “war on the axil of evil”, the spiffy color coded terror alert system, and the addition of a few air marshals on our airplanes. No?

According to the article:

    Dr. Cham Dallas, a public health expert at the University of Georgia, presented a map of downtown Washington, D.C., showing that there would be 100,000 deaths within just a few square miles of the White House.

    Casualties would extend from the Washington Monument through Georgetown and north toward the Washington Zoo. There would be massive debris from damaged buildings, including shattered glass.

    In Chicago or New York City, which have more concentrated populations, the damage could be four to eight times as bad.

I have to wonder, is this something we can really prepare for? A catostrophic disaster such as this, especially in our nation’s capital, would cause such a panic around the country and around the world, 9/11 would pale in comparison.

What do you think, DC? How safe and prepared do you think we really are? Or is it best not to even worry about it because if a nuke goes off we’ll be instantly burnt into crispy critters? I’m just glad I live nice and close to the White House.

6 Comments so far

  1. ajw93 on April 17th, 2008 @ 4:05 pm

    Personally, I made my peace with living in/near target cities/military installations in about 1982. During the CW, or that little thing I like to call "the good old days". I have deliberately lived as far inside the blast radius for the nearest large target to my house as I can get. Can I get one of those license plate surrounds that says, "I’d rather be vaporized"?

  2. farrelley on April 17th, 2008 @ 4:22 pm

    I think I will be safe… I am in SE DC….I have plenty of duck tape and plastic wrap.

  3. jayzeek on April 17th, 2008 @ 8:29 pm

    I don’t think we’re really safe or prepared. How can you prepare for catastrophe like that? If someone wants to destroy our capital bad enough, they’ll probably do it, which is why you can never really defeat terrorism.

    I also think it’s pointless to dwell on it (unless it’s your career). I would hope that I’d be asleep when the s*** went down.


  4. districtdirt on April 17th, 2008 @ 8:49 pm

    I’m with ajw93. I’ll take instant vaporization over slow-and-painful death by radiation sickness any day.

    Would you really want to survive a nuclear strike anyway? We’re the USA. We’d definitely start WW3 if DC ever got hit. That’s not a world I want to live in.

  5. Monica (monica) on April 18th, 2008 @ 11:50 am

    DC hospitals aren’t prepared to respond to an emergency of that magnitude. During the hearing it came out that thousands of people who likely would survive a nuclear strike would die because of lack of hospital beds and emergency facilities/equipment.

    And the damage to a city like DC pales in comparison with a densely populated city like NYC.

    I don’t like to think about it. I live and work about five blocks from the White House, so I’d be one of the vaporized.

  6. Max (mcook) on April 24th, 2008 @ 12:31 pm

    Ah yes! Duct tape and plastic wrap. I need to stock up on those.

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