Barb Graf, head of Seattle Office of Emergency Management
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Barb Graf, head of Seattle Office of Emergency Management
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Part 2: Is Seattle a target for nuclear attack?

Probably.

Sorry.

Our region is home to global companies like Amazon and Microsoft - and it's home to large cache of nuclear weapons and military assets.

In the second part of our two-part series (listen to part one here), we answer listener questions about whether Seattle is a likely target for nuclear attack. And we learn about a 40-year-old state law that has effectively stopped all state emergency planning in the event of a nuclear attack.

Listen to the episode by clicking the play button above or on your favorite podcast app. SoundQs is a weekly podcast where our KUOW reporters tackle questions submitted by our listeners.

Have a question about the Seattle region for us to answer? Drop it here:

If you want to learn more about nuclear attack preparedness, FEMA and the Red Cross are good places to start. The National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University is a good resource, as is this TED Talk by Irwin Redlener. And here's a video from 1951 on nuclear safety featuring Bert the Turtle.

If you're curious about the "game" Deb had Anna play in part 1, here it is.

And lastly, if you feel like taking a trip back in time, here's a list of Deb's favorite movies about the Cold War and nuclear weapons:

  • War Games (1983)
  • The Day After (1983)
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
  • Fail Safe (1964)
  • Planet of the Apes (1970)
  • Miracle Mile (1988)
  • Crimson Tide (1995)