U.S. Not Fully Prepared For Nuclear Terrorist Attack Or Large-Scale Natural Catastrophe GAO Says
It’s almost unbelievable, the scenario painted by the GAO Report: First Responders unable to communicate with each other, 5 years for the government to determine if there was a health problem (how could there not be), 15 years to formulate any kind of plan? We are not prepared, no kidding. But how could we prepare in any other way than to get rid of our nuclear weapons and reactors, end the war economy, and begin waging peace instead of arming and training terrorists in the pursuit of endless war dollars.
AP | HOPE YEN 12/19/2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government isn’t fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or a large-scale natural catastrophe, lacks effective coordination, and in some cases is years away from ensuring adequate emergency shelter and medical treatment, congressional investigators have found.
The report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office, obtained by The Associated Press before its release, found that the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, didn’t always keep track of disaster efforts by agencies, hampering the nation’s preparedness even after Superstorm Sandy in 2012. That storm hit a large swath of the eastern U.S., including New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, which received federal disaster money.
“FEMA is not aware of the full range of information,” according to the report. The investigation relied in part on internal documents from the Homeland Security Department, which oversees FEMA, including previously undisclosed details from a 2013 disaster plan that highlights needed improvements in the event of an attack from an improvised nuclear device.
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