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Japan has long been a leader among nations in disaster planning and preparedness. But the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck on March 11, 2011, demonstrated how a complex disaster can overwhelm even the best of planning.

Irwin Redlener, MD, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness and author of the recent book, Americans at Risk: Why We Are Not Prepared for Megadisasters and What We Can Do Now, is an authority on disaster planning.

Dr. Redlener, a faculty member at the Mailman School, shared his thoughts on the unfolding catastrophe in Japan and the state of U.S. disaster preparedness.

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Source: Mailman School of Public Health