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Posted: Sep. 8, 2002
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Have You Made Any Extra Security Preparations?
Faced with the potential threats of terrorism and/or war, many governments have asked their citizenry to ‘be prepared’. Have you stocked up on any items? Do you have a first aid kit? How’s your plastic to duct tape ratio?
Should you ever have to vacate your home and you could only take ten (10) items with you, what would these items be?
If you are trained in outdoor survival skills, medical emergencies or in other related areas, what advice can you share with us on how to be prepared in case the unthinkable does come to pass? What ten things do you think everyone should have on hand?
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| I Wonder ||Mar 5th. at 6:51:13 pm EST|
|Skeggi (NZ) ||Age: 32 - Email |
I wonder what security precautions the people of Iraq are taking to protect themselves from the up comming Terrorist attacks.
| Homeland Security? ||Mar 5th. at 7:37:58 pm EST|
|PC Crone (Gainesville, Florida) ||Age: 56 - Email |
Am I the only person in the United States that thinks stocking up on duct tape is possibly the most idiotic idea our government has proposed since I was advised to "duck and cover" in the event of a nuclear war when I was a small child? Yes, folks: I remember those "air raid drills" from Elementary School. Even at age seven or eight, I realized that in the unlikely event that the Commies dropped the atomic bomb on Berkeley, California cowering under my desk with my hands covering the back of my neck would do squat to enhance my chances of survival.
I *refuse* to buy into this administrations scare tactics. The only thing I'm stocking in case of a terrorist attack is a case of cognac.
Any government that spends gazillions of bucks "fighting terrorism" and ignores REAL threats to this nation's security like poverty, racism, rotten education, racism, sexism and preventable disease is a government proudly marching back into the dark ages.
"I voted for universal health care and education, and all I got was this lousy stealth bomber"
| Waste Of Time ||Mar 5th. at 8:51:17 pm EST|
|TarA (mass) ||Age: 13 - Email |
Who really wants to waste their time taping up their house and stocking up on canned goods?
"not to worry because worry is wasteful and useless in times like these."-Jewel
people should stop worrying and make the best of their days, living in light and peace, not paranoia.
| What To Do ||Mar 6th. at 5:47:05 am EST|
I suppose if Scotland did get hit I would be dead as I live within the 50 mile radius of the BP plant in grangemouth so we have made no extra percautions.
But i have started to say sorry to all my friends Ive hurt and all have forgiven me bar 1 who wont even talk to me.
BUT if I did have to take 10 things.
1. My Dog Sloopy. I love my dog he means everything to me
2. Canned food ( tomatto soup) even if i dont have a fire I could eat it cold.
3. My Duvet and pillow . I love sleeping
4. Everyone I care for and in this country that would be 3 people. My Gran, My cousin Becky and my best friend HoZ
5.clothes . hey what ya expect me to live in
6. my flute. Even though I love the sound of the flute its so relaxing
7. paper and pen. I could start myself a journal and draw pictures
8. hatered. well would you be full of hate anger etc
9. My Tarrot Cards. I need to keep my faith up somehow
10. my memories. so many bad times that many people would love to hear
| Preparation? ||Mar 6th. at 10:59:00 am EST|
|G. Thomas Trammell Jr. (Indiana, USA) ||Age: 25 - Email |
What have I done for emergency planning?
I think I still have some bandaids, cotton balls, and rubbing alcohol in my medicine cabinet.
I have a flashlight with no extra batteries, a sewing kit, and my regular food stuffs...
No first aid kit, no canned food, no plastic or whatnot, although I *always* have duct tape handy (I am a tech) ...
I don't own any guns, but I do have a sword, a knife, a set of throwing spikes, and an old novelty bullwhip :) So I like collecting archaic weaponry, they look pretty... not that i actually know how to use anything other than the whip.
And survival skills: Learn to build a fire under any conditions, and... well, know what is poisonous and not. :)
Seriously though I am not any more paranoid nor alert than normal... I like life to much to worry about it ;)
| For What ? ||Mar 6th. at 11:39:20 am EST|
|Dragonfly (Texarkana) ||Age: 19 - Email |
I have not prepared at all. Seriously do you really think taping plastic to your windows is going to help. You had to seel off your entire house for it be usefull in a chemically or biologically attack, but the bad thing about that is you run out of air. So that just won't work if you plan on living. As for everything else, if we are thrown back into the dark ages don't don't a couple of D-batteries will be usefull. After all the last dark age lasted nearly 1000 years. There just is not a Duracell that will carry you that long. Face the facts this war will happen with Iraq, we will get all tense just like in previous wars, and then it will end, the war not the problems. That will be it.
| NO And YES ||Mar 6th. at 12:26:23 pm EST|
|Swan (East Coast USA) ||Age: 40 - Email - Web|
I already had duct tape ......I use it on my mini greenhouse ..... :>
What I have done is ritual and workings for peace and safety and EARTHEALING ....
especially so that the forces for peace balance the forces for war to result in the
most peaceful and beneficial outcome for all ........
Love and HUGS
| Umm...well.... ||Mar 6th. at 5:35:41 pm EST|
|Twilight Shadowfyre (Penryn, California) ||Age: 13 - Email |
Nope, no safety precautions here. We have duct tape, canned food, water (I think that was from Y2K, actually....) already, so my family really sees a lack of need to seal the house up. Personally, if I'm meant to die during a terrorist attack, so be it. I have no regrets so far, and there's always the next life. I highly doubt that my little town will be destroyed, which migh tbe part of why I'm so carefree about the subject, but if it was andf I survived (no thanks to ducttape) I can survive well enough on my own.
I just recommend everyone do their best to send some positive eergy into the world, and then go out and live your life. Unless someone is high up in the US government, can we do much else?
Love and Trust,
| Nada ||Mar 6th. at 5:36:53 pm EST|
|Ashe Winterwolf (Irving, TX) ||Age: 39 - Email |
Didn't make any preparations for the Y2K diaster-that-didn't-happen, not going to make any preparation for this either. Reading www.truthout.org today and it sounds like the world, and one foreign US diplomat is waking up to Shrub's real agenda and joining the "coalition of the unwilling".
| Why Bother? ||Mar 6th. at 6:59:10 pm EST|
|Sati Caldwell (Westminter MD) ||Age: 25 - Email |
I figure that if we're attacked with nuclear weapons, I'll either die quick in the blast or hope the winds aren't coming out of the south that day. If I'm at home (near the PA border) and the winds are blowing from the north or west, I've got a good chance of being fine.
Chemical or biological weapons? again, I live out in the country away from any cities.
I don't really fear any terrorists or unfriendly governments, for the most part they couldn't do much global damage. My fear is the US going hog wild with our nukes. The planet will only shrug off so much.
Of course, my views could be a little naive, but that's okay. Let's see, 10 items to take with me. Food, lots of food. First aid stuff. Herb book with color pics. Clothes, lots of socks. Weapons if I have any (I don't) . A copy of Gray's Anatomy. I'd also take Jean Auel's Children of the Earth series. Great herb stuff, hunting techniques, stuff like that throughout the books, I'd take the FOXFIRE series of books as well. these aren't exactly items, but this is what I'd take. Plus all the birth control stuff I can get my hands on. Who would want to worry about bringing a child into this world in a flee or die situation? (I can't imagine having to leave my home unless it was a flee or die situation, so that's what these views reflect.)
THe most important thing anyone can ever have onhand is COMMON SENSE. CLear thinking runs a close second.
| No, I Rather Die ||Mar 6th. at 7:28:45 pm EST|
|janet (washington) ||Age: 55 - Email |
Than live a scared life under the Bush scarathon administration. I grew up in the 50's and 60's near air bases that were ground zero for russian bombs. We did not worry then and I refuse to worry now just because we have a president that has never lived a real life outside a golden cocoon and consequently is afraid of his own shadow. What ever happens , happens. Trust the Goddess.
| Just Waiting... ||Mar 6th. at 7:42:13 pm EST|
|Jervamp (Illinois) ||Age: 28 - Email |
My only concession to the current state of the world is to buy a guide to edible plants a few months earlier than I was planning on. (was waiting till spring, figured economy will be worse by then) I really think that we have more to fear from our government than we do from others. I'd want good shoes, a good knife, a muzzle loader (old gun) , my herb books (I hope family doesn't count as an Item...) Axe, hmm And a mystical doorway to a world where people are reasonable.
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