Operation Gotham Shield

FEMA Nuclear EMP Strike Drill NYC

Starts Today!

On April 24-26th, Operation Gotham Shield will commence. It is a tabletop, joint agency exercise involving FEMA, Homeland Security and a myriad of law enforcement and military agencies. WMD, chemical and biological units will all be on hand as a response is tested for a “simulated” nuclear detonation over the United States’ foremost urban center, in the iconic and densely populated island of Manhattan and nearby shores of New Jersey.

Other explanations and announcements have included the following.

On April 18th through May 5th, 2017, state, local, and federal organizations alike are planning for Operation Gotham Shield 2017 — a major nuclear detonation drill in the New York-New Jersey area, along with the U.S.-Canadian border. During this exercise, 4 nuclear devices, 2 of which are rendered “safe” during the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Vital Archer Exercise, and one successful 10kt detonation in the NYC/NJ area, along with one smaller detonation on the U.S./Canadian border are to take place.

Among the organizations involved are:
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)
U.S. Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO)
U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
U.S. 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

Operation Gotham Shield had been posted to the Eastern Region Helicopter Council on March 27, which revealed more details about the time and place the drill would be conducted infra.

“On Tuesday April 25th 2017, at 0800 the Gotham Shield Exercise will take place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford NJ. This exercise will simulate a large scale terrorist attack on the NY/NJ metropolitan area with MetLife Stadium serving as a triage/collection point for victims and emergency response personnel. This will be a large scale event with numerous federal, state, county and local agencies participating. It should be very similar in size and scope to the Operation Red Zone drill of 2011.”

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