Tuesday, September 6, 2011
A decade after September 11, the nation is not yet prepared for a truly catastrophic disaster, according to a new report by the Bipartisan Policy Center.
The assessment from former members of the 9/11 Commission comesÂ as we approachÂ the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
According to the report’s analysis:
The 9/11 attacks demonstrated that robust and well-rehearsed emergency response capabilities can be overwhelmed by a significant terrorist attack. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina revealed that a catastrophic natural disaster could produce a chaotic and disorganized response by all levels of government, causing large-scale human suffering. A decade after 9/11, the nation is not yet prepared for a truly catastrophic disaster.â€
While the report states that substantial progress has been made post-9/11 in improving homeland security, it highlights a number of areas where more needs to be done.
For example, it says the nation is still highly vulnerable to aviation security threats, noting that the Transportation Security Administration still lacks reliable explosives detection technology and lags in its capability to automatically identify concealed weapons and explosives.
The Washington Post blog Checkpoint Washington has more on the report’s findings.
I.I.I. president Dr. Robert Hartwig discusses the impact of 9/11 on insurers in this video: