Ahead of the this week's Godzilla premiere, New York City-based reporters are getting in on the fun by asking military and city officials to weigh in on how the city would react to a real-life monster attack. This is actually not a fun question, considering all the real-life not-monster attacks the city has, and could, face.
In an interview with the New York Daily News, real-life Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Bruno listed the likely fallout from a massive dragon attack. "Looking at this, we'd be thinking, 'What would a Godzilla attack do?' Clearly it would cause fire, explosions, casualties, damage, debris, bridges and tunnels being out. Roads being out, power issues and some slime. Those are issues that we do deal with -- except for the slime."
What a fun reminder of all the terrible things that happen to us here! That slime would really make this sound like frightening metropolis, though, glad we're in the clear with regards to slime.
Bruno continues, rather logically, by referring to real-life NYC disaster plans that could be employed in the event of a Godzilla attack:
In the event of a Godzilla attack, we'd be looking at area evacuations. He's a big guy, but he's not going to overtake the entire city, so we would try to determine what sectors of the city had to be moved. We have a system that's a 'hub and spoke' approach. We [would] move people to a hub area and try to move them, for example, to the Bronx, which is less likely to be impacted.
Wait, why is the Bronx less likely to be impacted? Is it because of Godzilla's discerning borough taste? Or perhaps because the Bronx would be less likely to be targeted in a terrorist attack, or because a significant portion of Manhattan would be submerged in the event of costal flooding?