Tuesday, March 15, 2011

AMA Study: US 'Poorly Prepared' For Radiation Emergency

TPM's Eric Lach has some information on the American Medical Association study:

"[T]he nation remains poorly prepared to respond adequately to a major radiation emergency incident," the study, titled "State-Level Emergency Preparedness and Response Capabilities," says. "Capabilities are insufficient or inadequate throughout the functions assessing planning in state health departments, resources in the state health department and other state agencies, and relationships with federal and other partners. For some measures, as many as 85% of responding states reported insufficient capability to respond to a radiation incident."

38 state health departments participated in the survey, including 26 of the 31 states that have nuclear power plants. States with nuclear power plants were asked to consider their responses independent of plant-specific plans and resources.


Read the details; they're no more comforting than the summary.


  1. It's the classic "it can't happen here" deal. You see it all the time whether it be something like the flu or contaminated food.

  2. fallenmonk, it seems that if a thing doesn't contribute to the wealth of the already wealthy, it doesn't get addressed, by government or by the private sector. The wheels have fallen off. "It can't happen here"? I'd say it's more like "We don't care if it happens here."



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