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Nuclear Terrorism Response Plans: Major Cities Could Benefit from Federal Guidance on Responding to Nuclear and Radiological Attacks
David C. Trimble (au)
A terrorist attack in a major city using a radiological dispersal device (RDD) or an improvised nuclear device (IND) could result not only in the loss of life but also have enormous psychological and economic impacts. Major cities are assumed to be preferred targets of such attacks, and local governments, along with their states, have primary responsibilities for early response (within the first 24 hours), with assistance from federal sources, as necessary, coming later. A disjointed or untimely response could increase the impact and undermine public confidence in federal, state and local governmentsäó» ability to respond to an attack. This report examines major citiesäó» (1) assessment of RDD and IND risks and development of response plans; (2) perceptions of their abilities to respond within the first 24 hours; and (3) perceptions of the need for federal support in early response to these attacks. Tables and figures. This is a print on demand report.
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