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Responding To The Unimaginable: 10 Lessons from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster

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In March of 2011 an earthquake and tsunami off Northeastern Japan sparked the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. In-house and local responders worked heroically for days and weeks to manage the radiation leaks and potential reactor meltdown of the crippled Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, alternating between collaboration and conflict with the owners of the plant and government officials. While most responders might not find themselves dealing with a Level 7 International Nuclear Disaster in their career, there are ten critical lessons learned from the Fukushima-Daiichi disaster that every responder and emergency manager must know to prepare for large and small scale incidents in their districts.

 

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Rommie L. Duckworth