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Study: US Not Ready For Radiation Crisis

From the Agence France-Presse:

US ill-prepared for emergency radiation: study

Mon Mar 14, 2011

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Most American states are not prepared to cope with a major nuclear radiation event, said a study published Monday that happened to coincide with a feared nuclear disaster in quake-hit Japan.

What a coincidence!

The survey of state health departments was conducted in 2010 and found that almost half of the 38 states that took part had no plan for protecting public health in the event of a radiation emergency.

"Most states had completed little to no planning for public health surveillance to assess potential human health impacts of a radiation event," said the study in Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, a journal of the American Medical Association.

Few states said they had the resources to test the public for radiation exposure.

"The results of this assessment indicate that in many measures of public health capacity and capability, the nation remains poorly prepared to respond adequately to a major radiation emergency incident," said the study.

"With nearly half of the responding states not having a response plan, a large portion of the US population is at increased risk should a radiological event occur within the country’s borders," it said.

"Without a comprehensive plan, states in which a radiation emergency occurs are likely to mount inefficient, ineffective, inappropriate, or tardy responses that could result in (preventable) loss of life."

The survey included 38 state health departments — including 26 of the 31 states that have nuclear power plants — or about 76 percent of the United States.

This is great information for the terrorists to get ahold of. And somehow we suspect terrorism is currently a more immediate threat than major earthquakes are.

The report included a series of recommendations for state to improve preparedness, such as "substantially" increasing education in radiation emergency response among public health personnel, boosting strategic planning and exercise scenarios for radiation release events.

State health departments also need to forge closer ties with federal agencies so that they can coordinate plans for dispensing anti-radiation drugs and testing people for radiation exposure, it said

It sounds like we might be able to get some government spending and maybe even a whole new federal bureaucracy and a czar out of the Japan crisis, after all.

Unionized, of course.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, March 15th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Study: US Not Ready For Radiation Crisis”

  1. JS says:

    The Japan radiation leak being and apocolypse is a bunch of hyperboli. As of March 15th the average radiation detected was 60 milirems an hour. You normally get about 600-700 milirems per year, or more depending on what you do.

    So, outside the plant if you stood there for 1 hour you would get 60 milirems. If you stood there all day you would get 1440 milirems, or 1.44 rems. You would need to get over 25 rems in one day to be considered for acute radiation poisioning.

    Granted this is not safe for very long exposure times, but given what has happened so far the general population is not in any danger.

    Everything they have said so far is just fear mongering at its best.

  2. Georgfelis says:

    The US has a contingency plan for any large radiation leak. We’ll just pile reporters on top of it until it is fully contained.

    1. They’re cheap.
    2. They’re incredibly dense.
    3. They naturally flock to any area where sensible people run away.
    4. And we have a bazillion of them.

    See, no problem.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Toss in lawyers and then you’ll really get the added effect of crap
      covering crap! Of course, the deterioration rate is 25,000 years but
      it’s worth ever shingle on the fire!

    • Right of the People says:

      Then to finish off the containment, cap it with a thick layer of politicians and cement to hold it all in place.

    • tranquil.night says:

      What a brilliantly environmentally sound solution you all have created.

      Think of the carbon emission reductions on top of the nuclear containment! That’s a two-fer!

  3. canary says:

    AFP’s ill informing article “U.S.ill-pepared for emergency radiation: study” is distorted with vague survey, studies, reports.

    You can get tests easy. U.S. has made all sorts of changes in preparedness. It’s just that you have the EPA and FEMA running things and the mililtary. It’s moral issues. Do you let those already exposed leave or contain them.
    Do you give the pills to someone severely exposed, the old, or to those barely exposed, who have a better chance of surviving.

  4. canary says:

    Obama not ready. Still focuses on NFL Strike, equal pay for female athletes, to picking winning brackets; all during global emergency.

    This is the politician that wrote he turned his radio channel after the boring news of the 1st airplane hitting the World Trade Center.
    This is the Senator that watched a Redskins in his 1 &1/2 stay in Iraq, before he played hooky leaving the Senate committee at the risk & expense of our soldiers black hawk helicopter, to visit people in Palestine sympathizing with their hating Jews, on his personal vacation paid by tax payers.
    This is the president that gave a shout out for his basket ball playing brother-in-law’s “new hit jamming while playing basketball to the Rolling Stones hit on you tube; while we waited for his speech about Cairo uprising.
    Obama’s looking towards sports caster career with ESPN. ESPN will have to provide Obama a teleprompter for his after presidency career.

    ESPN: President Obama likes chalk for NCAAs
    March 16, 2011

    ESPN: Barack-etology 2010

    ESPN: Presidential pick ’em at the White House ESPN.com takes an exclusive look at President Obama’s bracket Mar 18, 2009

  5. artboyusa says:

    This has been a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. Had this been a real emergency, well…um…er…

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