This Japan Ministry of Defense photo shows military personnel working in a tsunami-damaged area.

Disaster Preparedness Takes Center Stage

You'll find lots of helpful resources by reading our one-hour March 29 Twitter conversation, "Lessons from the Japanese Disaster."

The continuing nuclear crisis in Japan has spawned questions around the world about the future of the nuclear power industry. The devastation brought by a powerful earthquake and tsunami on March 11 also raises questions about effective emergency preparedness, for experts agree Japan is better prepared for earthquakes than almost any other country in the world.

The OH&S magazine one-hour Twitter conversation, "Lessons from the Japanese Disaster," took place March 29 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. CDT. It was a free opportunity to talk with experts about preparedness for emergencies of various kinds and to discuss the future of nuclear power in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi emergency. Our twitter page is http://twitter.com/OccHealthSafety, and the hashtag we used for the event is #ohsjapanchat. You can read the conversation by logging on to your Twitter account and clicking on, or searching for, #ohsjapanchat.

Experts who participated included:

  • James W. Satterfield, president/chief operating officer of Firestorm Solutions, LLC in Roswell, Ga.
  • Nate Ames, director of the Nuclear Fabrication Consortium with EWI, an engineering and technology organization based in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Barry R. Weissman, REM, CSP, CHMM, CHS-V, CIPS, of Weissman Consultants in Parsippany, N.J.

During the conversation, participants discussed the current situation at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, the future of U.S. nuclear power, earthquake preparedness in the United States and low interest here in being insured for flood and earthquake risks.

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