Experts warn that chilling ads about nuclear attacks could be shown again

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Experts warn of nuclear attack (Image: The National Archives)

Experts warn that chilling 1970s-style public information broadcasts could return as threats of nuclear attack rise.

Authors of a new paper highlighted how to learn lessons from responding to the Covid-19 outbreak and prepare for possible radioactive fallout.

They point out how the war in Ukraine has highlighted the increased threat, but also how the global shift away from fossil fuels to nuclear power has increased the likelihood of an accident.

The paper, titled “Reconsider our readiness to monitor rapid response to nuclear incidents,” recommended the government launch alerts for promotional campaigns and ensure local and regional coordination.

It also states that current radiation levels should be monitored to provide a before and after picture in the event of a nuclear event.

In response to the paper, Defense Committee Chair Tobias Ellwood MP said: “Perhaps given the war in Ukraine and attacks by Russian troops on nuclear power plants and Putin’s threat of nuclear attack, it is time to increase our resilience to nuclear accidents and attacks check over.”

In 1980 the government published the brochure “Protect and Survival” – commercials building nuclear shelters – and TV spots warning of nuclear attacks.

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The ads would date back to the Cold War era (Image: The National Archives)

Protect and Survive (Complete Nuclear Survival British Public Information Film) All twenty episodes of this classic super scary public information film compiled in the correct order and running time and remastered with the cleanest audio possible (so you can hear that horrible jingle even clearer now!)

The protection and survival display used in the 1980s (Image: The National Archives)

dr Basu, one of the paper’s co-authors, said: “The consequences of the events described in this white paper are unthinkable.

“While we are all acutely aware of the growing risk, the general population is not well informed about what to do if the worst were to happen.

“Only by taking action now on pre-emptive readiness can we be resilient and maintain the UK’s position as a global leader in nuclear safety as the world increasingly looks to the UK to achieve decarbonisation beyond this current threat.”

The paper also mentions that the UN should organize an international “parking lot” for nuclear material so that it can be stored safely.

In his foreword to the paper, Professor Michael Clarke, a former director-general of the Royal United Services Institute think tank, said: “Nuclear threats are back high on the international security agenda.

“As the Cold War drew to a close, the possibility that nuclear weapons could ever be used anywhere seemed to have receded.

“But we have all become aware of the greater dangers humanity has faced over the past decade, and particularly in our recent turbulent years.”

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