Most states have little preparation for nuclear incidents

State health departments are poorly prepared for a "major radiation emergency incident," reports the Wall Street Journal. Citing a survey published in the most recent issue of the journal Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, it includes responses from more than three-quarters of the nation's state health departments. According to the data, at least 70 percent of the respondents have completed "minimal to no planning" for a nuclear-related event such as the detonation of a "dirty" bomb or an unintentional exposure at a hospital. However, the survey excludes incidents that might occur at a nuclear power plant, since states with such facilities in operation are required to have detailed emergency response plans. Article

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