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NASA and FEMA Meet to Create Asteroid Preparedness Plan NASA and FEMA Meet to Create Asteroid Preparedness Plan

NASA and FEMA Meet to Create Asteroid Preparedness Plan

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Action movies have depicted what might happen if we learned an asteroid was heading toward Earth. As we prepared for mass destruction, what could we possibly do to save ourselves?

FEMA and NASA recently met to discuss that very scenario. Although participants believe it is unlikely to happen in our lifetime, they conducted a tabletop exercise on October 25th in El Segundo, California. This was the third in a group of exercises on the issue.

For the first time in history, officials say we have the ability to combat an approaching asteroid, but it’s important to continue to monitor, predict, and prepare for it. With the exercise, participants demonstrated the unique challenges that an asteroid would bring to emergency responders.

For the exercise, officials from multiple government agencies imagined that an asteroid had been spotted this fall, with arrival predicted for the fall of 2020. There would be only a two-percent probability that the asteroid would make impact but if it did, it would hit a narrow band of the planet that crossed the entire U.S.

As the exercise progressed, that probability increased to 65 percent, with observation then becoming difficult because of the asteroid’s position. When they were once again able to observe the fictitious asteroid, probably had jumped to 100 percent.

The exercise showed that while there are many challenges in battling an approaching asteroid, there is also a long window of observation that allows for preparation. Working together, FEMA and NASA hope they’ll be able to come up with a plan that will protect the Earth if such an event occurs.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and novelist whose work has appeared on NYPost.com, PSMag.com, the Intuit Small Business Blog, and many others. She is the Simon & Schuster author of 8 children's books, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series, 25 Roses, and 30 Days of No Gossip.

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