A Research-Based Introduction
Edited By Alexander Siedschlag
3 The Three Mile Island Nuclear Disaster from an Emergency Management Perspective
The Three Mile Island Nuclear Disaster from an Emergency Management Perspective
KEVIN J. MOLLOY
Incident Command System (ICS), Emergency Support Function (ESF), and Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) are familiar lexicon in today’s world of emergency management. While those particular terms were not in existence or utilized often in the 1970s, they were all, in fact, utilized during the response to the Three Mile Island accident.
From an emergency management perspective, the Three Mile Island (TMI) accident of March 28, 1979 and the attacks on America in September 2001 bear similar characteristics. As an individual involved personally in both events, I will endeavor to provide you with food for thought as you continue your learning progression in this ever-expanding area of emergency management. Incorporating my actual personal experience takes this chapter out of the pure textbook realm. It is an attempt to meld the application of emergency management principles and practices with academics. This should afford you the ability to view both the practicality of the application of what you learn in an academic environment and what, in fact, may really occur during a man-made, natural, or technological emergency.
I will enumerate the number of lessons learned that enable emergency management to function more effectively in this day and age. I must advise you that in over 40 years in emergency management, I have learned that disasters and emergencies do neither perfectly follow written...
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