U.S. not fully prepared for nuclear terrorist attack

Dec 19, 2014 8:09 AM by Cheryl Wengren

WASHINGTON (AP) - A congressional audit says the federal government isn't fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or large-scale natural catastrophe. It finds that the government lacks effective coordination and in some cases is years away from ensuring adequate emergency shelter and medical treatment.

The report by the Government Accountability Office was obtained by The Associated Press. It says the Federal Emergency Management Agency didn't always keep track of disaster efforts by agencies, even after Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

The report says 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.

Investigators say FEMA needs to set deadlines to ensure agencies fulfill the goals.


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