FEMA Maps Shows Potential Nuclear Targets in Oklahoma
With the Russia-Ukraine War once again escalating, Putin has made it clear that nuclear weapons are not off the list just yet. He recently doubled down announcing Russia was deploying tactical nuclear ordinance to the western border it shares with Belarus--that country shares borders with Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia.
Some world leaders have given this threat a little cautious thought, others have insisted Putin is crying wolf, but it has the internet in America sharing this FEMA map of potential nuclear targets, of which some still exist in Oklahoma.
Of course, it's hard to look at that map and not see how many nuclear targets there are across the whole of the country, but middle America has long been the accepted "nuclear sponge" that previous federal administrations went out of their way to ensure central states like Oklahoma, Kansas, Wyoming, the Dakota's, and Nebraska took the hit.
You can read about the 'why' of that right here...
If you zoom in closer to examine Oklahoma's nuclear targets, it becomes a little more clear.
Oklahoma's two major metropolitan areas--OKC and Tulsa--are included in the most likely column, but what about the "worst case scenario" dots around the state?
At least five of these dots are Oklahoma's five military installations. Fort Sill, Altus Air Force Base, Tinker Air Force Base, Vance Air Force Base, and the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant.
What are the other black dots?
This is where things get a little ugly and most likely so due to old intelligence.
About half of the dots on this map represent places that used to be military installations. The Pryor munitions plant and several reserve and alternate military airstrips. The rest, if you compare to current maps, line up with Oklahoma's vast oil and gas industries.
Obviously, Tulsa is surrounded by oil and gas targets because it was once the oil capital of the world. If you've ever driven through T-Town, you've probably seen or smelled the refineries. I-244 actually drives right through the middle of one Tulsa refinery.
If you look around the map, oil and gas are a top priority in terms of striking targets to incapacitate America's ability to make war.
Nearly straight west of Tulsa is the town of Cushing--AKA-- the pipeline crossroads of the world. It doesn't matter if the oil is Canadian or from oil-producing states like Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Wyoming, Colorado, Illinois, etc... if it flows to or from the Gulf Coast, out west, or to the eastern United States, it goes through Cushing.
Just north of Cushing, in Ponca City, is Oklahoma's largest refinery--responsible for producing +/-40% of Oklahoma's total oil and gas products daily. It was also once the largest oil and gas storage facility (tank farm) in the world.
It's much of the same around the rest of the map, including a handful of power stations responsible for generating Oklahoma's electricity.
What are the actual odds Oklahoma would catch a nuclear strike?
While the odds may be low, they're not zero.
The first targets to catch flack would most likely be America's ICBM missile installations in Montana, Wyoming, and North Dakota.
Next would be the US Military's ability to communicate and organize. The Pentagon in DC, NORAD, Strategic Command, and VHF transmitting sites would be targeted before Oklahoma followed by naval submarine bases and our few stealth and long-range nuclear bomber bases.
It would honestly be the worst-case scenario of war to consider Oklahoma a legitimate nuclear threat from Russia. We're pretty far down that list, but if the administration continues down this current path to all-out WWIII, you might add iodine tablets to your next Walmart+ order.