ELMHURST – Standing at the doorway of a classified fallout shelter located 75 feet below the ground somewhere in Elmhurst, Mayor Steve Morley told still-blindfolded reporters on Wednesday that due to the current international political climate – coupled with escalating military threats from North Korea – the city has created an informational piece for Elmhurst residents, explaining what they should do in the event of a nuclear attack in Chicago.
“We don’t want to alarm anyone,” said Morley, leading reporters into the small room where his security detail will take him in the event of a nuclear attack or a surprise invasion from a neighboring town like Villa Park or Bensenville. “But if Chicago is indeed a target, then the city of Elmhurst and its great people must be prepared for a nuclear attack.”
While admitting that the level of destruction to Elmhurst would be difficult to predict, the mayor noted that residents should expect little or no damage to their summer cottages in Michigan.
The information below is listed on the City of Elmhurst website, and free copies are available at the City Centre office and in a brochure holder on the Explore Elmhurst Trolley.
From the City of Elmhurst
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO IF ELMHURST ISSUES WARNING OF IMPENDING NUCLEAR ATTACK:
- Gather enough food, bottled water, K-Cups and liquor to last 48 hours.
- Return all borrowed materials to the Elmhurst Public Library.
- Use the City of Elmhurst website to settle any outstanding traffic tickets.
- Place all of your City Centre gift cards and coupons in a safe and easy-to-access location, in case they become the medium of exchange for good and services in a post-apocalyptic Elmhurst.
- Identify which of your fanatical friends on Facebook have likely built a bomb shelter already, and initiate contact.
IF YOU ARE OUTSIDE WHEN THE BLAST OCCURS:
- Turn away and close and cover your eyes to prevent damage to your sight.
- Find something to cover your mouth and nose, such as a scarf, handkerchief or other cloth.
- If you are in downtown Elmhurst, move your vehicle from three-hour parking to the top level of any parking garage and pay the $2.00 daily fee.
- If you are in a residential area, seek shelter in the nearest house or castle. Remove scarf, handkerchief or other cloth from your head when approaching so that you are not misidentified by the homeowner.
IF YOU ARE AT HOME WHEN THE BLAST OCCURS:
- Proceed immediately to your basement media room or wine cellar.
- Remain in your home or shelter for a minimum of 48 hours.
- Send your housekeeper or nanny outside to verify that the air is radiation-free.
IF YOU SURVIVE A LIMITED NUCLEAR ATTACK:
- Identify which downtown Elmhurst storefronts are non-vacant and suitable for looting by using your shirt sleeve to remove nuclear dust from the windows.
- Check Elmhurst Area eParents and Elmhurst, IL Moms for drastically-reduced pricing on jet skis and recreational vehicles for sale.
- Go to the District 205 website for information regarding potential school cancellations.
- Place all nuclear debris from your property into garbage bags no heavier than 50 pounds each, attach a yard waste sticker to each bag, and place the bags at your curb no later than 6:00 a.m. on your regular garbage pick-up day. Please note that your normal pick-up day might be delayed due to the nuclear attack.