“These exercises have really helped us in the planetary defense community to understand what our colleagues on the disaster management side need to know,” said Lindley Johnson, NASA’s Planetary Defense Officer, in a press release. “This exercise will help us develop more effective communications with each other and with our governments.”
As intense as this all sounds, it's not at all the first of its kind. In fact, NASA has participated in six previous impact exercises, including three others FEMA was involved in, according to TechCrunch.
“NASA and FEMA will continue to conduct periodic exercises with a continually widening community of U.S. government agencies and international partners,” said Johnson. “They are a great way for us to learn how to work together and meet each other’s needs and the objectives laid out in the White House National [near earth object] Preparedness Action Plan.”
Just something to keep in mind next time you catch yourself breaking into a cold sweat watching Armageddon.
h/t Gizmodo, TechCrunch