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U.S. not fully prepared for nuclear terrorist attack

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 19, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.

WASHINGTON — 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.

The Government Accountability Office said it would still take one to five years to develop a strategy to determine whether people were exposed to unsafe levels of radiation and five to 10 years to plan for a full medical response. Guidance also was lacking as to communication among first responders and making shelters and other basic needs available.

Read Saturday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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AmericasDoomed says... December 19, 2014 at 12:28 p.m.

The U.S. is not fully prepared for pretty much everything that comes our way. We are weak and pathetic thanks to the Emperor in Chief.

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HotSpringsLawyer says... December 19, 2014 at 12:40 p.m.

Heck, of course we aren't fully prepared for something like that. Nobody could be.

Oh for the days when Bush's FEMA department could handle everything so well. Heck of a job, Brownie!

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lazybar says... December 19, 2014 at 12:51 p.m.

korea and middle east countries would not care if they destroyed us from coast to coast but russia and china need our farmland.
we are a weak divided nation fighting among ourselves over healthcare or if the police look at you wrong and we could not stand much of a attack.

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3rdWorldState says... December 19, 2014 at 1:34 p.m.

Did someone think we were?
The good news though, in 2016, we will automatically be prepared for a nuclear attack...Since BO will be gone.

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Slak says... December 19, 2014 at 2:34 p.m.

*winks*
*touches nose*

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Packman says... December 19, 2014 at 3:01 p.m.

But at least in Little Rock the cops now have a policy so Bubba can declare himself a woman and demand to be frisked by a female officer (no ruling yet on whether the female officer must also be heterosexual or if Bubba can demand that too) and whisked away to the police station alone. Libs sure have their priorities fully in order. Nuclear smuchlear. What difference, at this point, does it make, so long as we worship at the alter of political correctness.

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3rdWorldState says... December 19, 2014 at 4:26 p.m.

You're retarded. Feel better?

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RonalFos says... December 19, 2014 at 6:54 p.m.

The biggest reason our government isn't ready for much is the constant tax cutting and and mindless cutting of government budgets as in the sequester that was forced on the US by Republicans.

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mitchstoner says... December 19, 2014 at 8:09 p.m.

I'm with Pack. And please add AnalFloss to the moron register.

We are indeed preoccupied with stupid political correctness disputes and concern for the poor little hurt feelings of various and sundry special interests. Not to mention the political immaturity of believing "my side is always right, always impelled by the purest of motives; but your side is always venal, corrupt, selfish, and petty."

Those who "lead" this nation, with only a few exceptions, are so unaware of the rest of the world, we probably could not defend ourselves against a jihadi Boy Scout troop. Look how easily 50,000+ children came across our southern border during the past year.

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ARMNAR says... December 19, 2014 at 9:33 p.m.

So.

Much.

Derp.

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