Nuclear convoy disaster exercise reveals weaknesses in emergency response

Internal report highlights five-hour wait for weapons experts and confusion over radiation monitoring

Eric K. Noji, M.D.‘s insight:

At times the response, which involved 21 agencies, was disorganised, the report says. Heated disputes with ambulance staff over how to handle casualties contaminated with radioactivity at the crash site caused “considerable delay”, resulting in one victim being declared dead.

Other problems included outdated, paper-based communications systems, poor mobile phone signals, conflicting scientific advice on health hazards and confusion over radiation monitoring

See on www.guardian.co.uk

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