Radiological Preparedness

EPA's Role in Domestic Preparedness

The terrorist attacks on the United States in September 2001 emphasized the need to better protect the nation against future threats. New government agencies were formed while existing agencies expanded their roles in preventing, responding to, and recovering from a variety of natural disasters and other emergencies. The Environmental Protection Agency is one such agency that is taking steps to improve operational readiness at the national level.

Radiation Contamination of Emergency Equipment

In 1945, Nagasaki became the second Japanese city destroyed by an atomic bomb in the closing days of World War II. The nuclear explosion caused immediate damage and killed tens of thousands of people, but the radiological contamination that remained took many additional lives. A crisis at a nuclear power station such as the one that devastated the Fukushima area in the northeast corner of Japan’s main island in 2011 posed many of the same challenges as a deliberate radiological attack.

Countermeasures to Cope With Radioactive Exposure

The threat posed by an intentional manmade explosion from a radiation dispersal device, a nuclear detonation, or an accidental failure of a nuclear power plant persists. Recent events have brought these threats into focus over the past couple years – e.g., the Iranian plans for nuclear development and the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear radiation event in Fukushima.

The Future of Resilience

Preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disasters as well as everyday events are important steps in the process of emergency management. Resilience as an important component of emergency management is a fairly new concept, but successful resilience depends on leaders who can modify that concept to fit their own organizations’ needs to effectively reduce future response and recovery times.

DPJ Book Review: Centerline

“Everybody who goes to war gets shot,” one soldier says. “Some in the body. Some in the head. Some in the heart.” The National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics (NCVAS) estimates that, as of 30 September 2011, the nation’s veteran population is more than 22.2 million. Although the journey home for each soldier, airman, and medical caregiver is different, “Centerline” depicts the individual, yet common, story of many of them.
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