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From the White House: Ongoing Response to the Earthquakes and Tsunami in Japan


The White House released an overview of the United States' response in support of Japan:

Any U.S Citizens in need of emergency assistance should send an e-mail to with detailed information about their location and contact information, and monitor the U.S. Department of State website at

U.S. Agency for International Aid (USAID) is coordinating the overall U.S. government efforts in support of the Japanese governments response to the earthquakes and subsequent tsunami that hit Friday and are currently directing individuals to for information about response donations.

USAID's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) set up a Response Management Team in DC and sent a Disaster Assistance Response Team to Tokyo, which includes people with nuclear expertise from the Departments of Energy (DOE) and Health and Human Services (HHS) as well the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

Two Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Teams (LA County and Fairfax County teams) which total 144 members plus 12 search and rescue canines and up to 45 metric tons of rescue equipment are also on the ground in Misawa, Japan and will begin searching at first light March 14.

The Department of Defense has the USS Reagan on station off the coast of Japan and the USS Essex en route, and is currently using an air facility in Misawa as a forward operating base.

The American Red Cross (ARC) International Services team is supporting the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) to assess the impact, determine response efforts, and assist the people of Japan.

Officials from the Department of Energy, NRC, and other agencies have maintained contact with Japanese officials and will provide whatever assistance the Japanese government requests as they work to stabilize their damaged nuclear reactors.

With regards to the United States, the NRC has released information stating that Hawaii, Alaska, the U.S. Territories and the U.S. West Coast are not expected to experience any harmful levels of radioactivity.

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Last Updated: 
06/16/2012 - 16:23


Is there any FEMA analysis of the hazard to the US from Japanese nuclear power plant released radioactive clouds? Are radioactive clouds being monitored by planes or air balloons?<br /><br />Charles from Baltimore

Please send the USS Comfort and USNS Mercy. They may not be needed yet, but they will be soon. Have them there when they are needed, not en route after the fact.

What do we need to do in the US to prepare for any potential radioactive fallout?! (Exactly what Anonymous / Charles from Baltimore said)

Like the first commenter, I would like to know what FEMA's contingency plans are? Do they plan to wait until one of the Japanese nuclear plants releases a radioactive cloud before activating a plan of action? Are we in for another Katrina response where help is too little too late? It would seem to me that starting a contingency plan now would avoid panic. Better safe than sorry.<br /><br />A run on Potassium Iodide tablets has already begun. Rumors in the blogosphere are running rampant. FEMA seems strangely silent.

I live in Washington state and would love to know if we will be in danger of any type of fallout!! but no one seems to be talking??

I agree with Charles from Baltimore. I would like to have access to a FEMA analysis from the released radioactive clouds from Japans failing nuclear power plants.

I very much hope FEMA is already making contingency plans to provide citizens on the west coast with personal radiation detectors and iodine IMMEDIATELY and NOT wait untill the last minute when it is too late as has been their legacy thus far....History has proven time and time again that the government and the media can NOT be trusted in these matters

Max....You got it!

I live in Alaska there is no Potassium Iodide anywhere in the state to be had privately. Whatever was available to the public is gone the state dept of health maintains there is no imminent risk to our state. One nurse with dept of health said the state has a stockpile while the website says they do not more of the same from our public servants. Something Stinks...

I've been traveling for my business is concern. How FEMA can does take the security of radiations through air travel?

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