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News of the Day ... in Perspective

5/25/2005

U.S. unprepared for nuclear terrorism

Although both George Bush and John Kerry said, during the campaign, that the gravest danger facing the United States was a nuclear device in the hands of terrorists, the U.S. remains woefully unprepared, as acknowledged in government reports obtained by The Washington Post.

Only 22,000 of some 2 million first responders (about 1%) have received nuclear response training.

First responders would be unlikely to enter the blast zone but would establish care centers upwind to help victims who managed to escape on their own.

The Department of Homeland Security website, www.Ready.gov has no information that would improve a personís chances of surviving either the blast or the later fallout (Washington Post, 5/3/05).

Additional information:

Unready.gov, Civil Defense Perspectives, May 2005

Civil defense information:

Doctors for Disaster Preparedness

Fighting Chance Newsletter

Other materials on civil defense prepared by the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine

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