The initial results of a two-day nuclear-disaster simulation carried out at the nuclear power plant at Jaslovské Bohunice in Trnava Region indicate that Slovakia is well prepared for such an event, said Interior Ministry State Secretary Jozef Buček on Thursday, October 18.
"Certain mistakes also occurred, but only a thorough analysis will show what caused them. Overall, we're satisfied with the course of the drill," said Buček, as quoted by the TASR newswire.
A positive assessment was also made by foreign observers from Ukraine, Hungary, Poland, Austria and the Czech Republic, with the Austrian delegate stating that the drill was among the best-conducted such simulations in the European Union. While the first day (October 17) of the drill was aimed at testing co-ordination between individual groups of crisis staff – from regional governments to town and village authorities in the vicinity of the plant – the second day was dedicated to demonstrations of practical activities and an actual evacuation of people from selected nearby villages and pupils from selected schools. The evacuated people went through all emergency processes, from bus transfer to dosimeter measurements and emergency accommodation.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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19. Oct 2012 at 10:00