9/11 Disasters In The United States

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The scare of another "9/11" is still on the thoughts and in the minds of the American public and has since changed the methods of training for hazmat departments across the country. The two major incidents discussed are the disasters involving the two World Trade Buildings (Twin Towers) and the distribution of the deadly bacteria Bacillus Anthracis which when contacted causes anthrax. Because of these catastrophes fire departments as well as dozens of other large government agencies needed to reevaluate just how prepeared they were for, or in response to any large catastrophic events such as fire in skyscrapers, disasters involving many people and manpower, separate organizations working together and the threat of biological weapons. Many…show more content…
But so far, the police and firefighters still do not have a shared radio frequency, relying on commanders for communication and coordination -- a system that has failed before. Officials say that while coordination among city agencies is somewhat improved, a major weakness remains: there is no formal "incident command," a uniform system for putting a single agency in charge at an emergency, depending on the type of incident, so that agencied do not fall to squabbling or working at cross purposes. Proposed policies over the years have met with resistance from the Police and Fire Departments, each unwilling to cede control. (A Nation At War: New York; A Security Blanket, but With No Guarantees) The transportation of hazardous materials (HAZMAT) has also undergone some changes post-9/11 to better heighten the safety of the cargo carriers/truck operators and the public in the area of which they must drive. But little needed changing. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Department of Defense (DoD) had already in place a strict set of requirements involving the transportation of materials . In particular the DOT had a relatively rigorous set of codes based off of earlier attacks…show more content…
explosives, radioactive materials and dirty bombs, and biological and chemical agents). (Commercial Truck and Bus Safety, Synthesis 2, Security Measures in the commercial Trucking and Bus Industries) The main adjustment was in mandating that employers enforce and employees maintain at all times these codes. And the HAZMAT divisions of departments around the country are growing and have incoporated better strategies for dealing with large scale hazardous material situations. N.Y.C. is leading the way towards a new way of thinking regarding the handling of hazardous materials at small and large incidents. Chief of EMS Command John J. Peruggia had this to say about the new training efforts: "We decided that only having a handful of ambulances trained to the operations level wouldn't make sense, since in the event of an emergency many more would likely be needed around the city," he explained. New York is not unique in its decision to increase staffing and trainind of EMS members. A recent gathering in Washington, D.C. of 50 EMS Chiefs from the country's busiest cities found that nationwide , most EMS departments were under-prepared for major disasters that required working in hazardous conditions. The symposium was sponsored by George Washington University's Homeland Security Institute and resulted in the National EMS Preparedness Initiative. Chief Peruggia, who was invited so sit on the
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