WASHINGTON – With the nation facing an increased threat from nuclear terrorism, at least one community is rebuilding a public fallout shelter program like those abandoned in the 1970s when Americans began believing surviving a nuclear event was not possible or not worthwhile.
In Alabama, the Huntsville-Madison County Emergency Management Agency, in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, local schools and hospitals and businesses, has identified facilities suitable for public shelters against nuclear and radiological attacks for nearly half of the area's 300,000 people.
Spending only tens of thousands of dollars, the agency has successfully trained 78 shelter managers and is in the process of attempting to identify and secure more facilities to protect the public from the effects of radiation following a nuclear event.
"Beyond identifying usable shelters, the community must be properly trained for operating a shelter," says Kirk Paradise, plans coordinator for the Huntsville/Madison County Emergency Management Agency. "In our study, we outline a command and support organizational chart vital to successful shelter operation. This training can easily be implemented into a citizen emergency response training course."
The agency also is awaiting grants for the installation of the once-familiar fallout shelter signs that would guide the public to the nearest facility in the event of a nuclear accident or attack....
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