Don’t panic! How a rehearsal for a nuclear disaster descended into farce
Don’t try this at home! Or, seemingly, the truth is that in the case of a real nuclear accident under this scenario- you would be on your own. A wry article that would seem far less humorous if the situation had not been a simulation. FYI Office for Nuclear Regulation, this is not the definition of success.
Matthew Holehouse, Political Correspondent / The Telegraph 1 January, 2015
As Corporal Jones might have said, don’t panic.
A recent civil contingencies drill to prepare the south coast for a catastrophic explosion aboard a nuclear submarine descended into a farce worthy of Dad’s Army.
A newly released report into Exercise Short Sermon, held every three years to prepare local officials for an accident at a Royal Navy dockyard offers a chilling foretaste of the chaos and confusion that could unfold.
Officials gave the order to evacuate the wrong village, caught hospital staff off guard after an worker posing as an irradiated victim arrived at A&E, and struggled to understand which way the radioactive cloud was travelling.
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