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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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| Que Sera, Sera ||Mar 7th. at 1:52:58 am EST|
|Aromadon (Parkersburg, WV) ||Age: 37 - Email |
I've done nothing to prepare for a terrorist attack or war because there is nothing to be done. What will be, will be. If that means that the next life comes sooner than later, so be it. Maybe this time I'll be sharp enough NOT to incarnate! :)
As for what I'd take with me, assuming that I would leave, it would only be my cats. If everything around me is destroyed, nothing I have is going to change things, so why burden myself? The fact is, if it came down to "leave or die", I'd likely choose the die option... I'm not much for running.
As for my advice, though it's not medical or emergency in nature, it would be only this... Know what you believe, be sure you believe it and be prepared to accept the consequences of that belief. If you're Christian, live the life prescribed for a Christian and be prepared for your reward. If you're Pagan, make whatever offering your particular god or goddess find acceptable, if they require such, and be prepared for your journey. If you're an athiest... put on some old sweats and a grungy t-shirt and relax... it would be silly to be all dressed up and no place to go. :)
| DON'T PANIC - DEMONSTRATE ||Mar 7th. at 7:11:18 am EST|
|elf (cornwall, england) ||Age: 23 - Email |
Instead of sitting there getting paranoid and worrying about ourselves, we should be focusing on what we can do to prevent deaths. Typical of us Westerners to worry about ourselves - over 50% of people living in Baghdad are children under the age of 14!! (Bet Bush didn't tell you that) .
Demonstrate - get involved - RISE UP - organise, get everyone you know who is against this terrible war to get involved. On March 17th we are having a national die-in day. Cover yourselves with fake blood and wail - block roads, stop cities, stop everything. Don't just sit there with your windows boarded up waiting for Armageddon, stop your crazy President!!!!!
| Don't Panic, Demonstrate? ||Mar 7th. at 12:30:31 pm EST|
|Sati Caldwell (Westminster MD) ||Age: 25 - Email |
Who said we were panicing? Or not demonstrating. Personally, I am doing my part, demonstrating when I can, calling my senators and representatives, talking to people about what a bad idea this all is. Getting interest up, trying to make people be less apathetic. To know what I would want with me should our civilization collapse is not panicky. I'd rather have this plan in the back of my mind than be caught with my pants down when/if all the protests and petitions and demonstrations don't work.
| Stocking Up? ||Mar 7th. at 1:54:31 pm EST|
|Moonstar (AZ) ||Age: 34 - Email |
I live in a rural community about 100 miles north of Phoenix. I feel like there isn't any thing I can do beyond live day to day. I don't feel as though we would be a direct target but indirectly we could get an influx of fleeing Phoenicians. I have stock piled some water but I feel a little silly about it. I really feel like Lyric mentioned below that the biggest threat in this country is what we might do to each other in a crisis situation. That is my biggest fear.
| YAY ELF ||Mar 7th. at 3:58:49 pm EST|
|Skeggi (NZ) ||Age: 32 - Email |
It is good to see a post thats not me focused. As i said eariler what do you think Iraq people are doing to protect themselves from the upcoming act of Terrorism. And to the person who who to me explaining that I knew nothing about Iraq, I suggest that you look into the history of your own country and I dont mean ancient and see the wrongs you have comitted. Also check out the facts about Iraq, you will find that the only people who have sold WOMD to terrorists are the USA (to Israel) .
Get off the what about me thing and start to think what about them.
| 10 Items? ||Mar 8th. at 1:49:50 am EST|
|Storm's Feather (Russellville, Arkansas) ||Age: 16 - Email |
Toilet paper. Number one item on my list, followed by a jug of water, a sack of a granola mix, my pets (that's 5) , a bag of dog food, and a bag of cat food. Big bags of the pet food. But, Toilet paper is the top item on that list. I don't perceive terroristic attacks as a threat we should linger on. This is a capitalistic government; they don't want to kill consumers. Nuclear war? C'mon people. We were straining milk in Wisconsin for gamma rays after that nuclear accident in Russia. That one little idiot in Iraq is a health freak. He doesn't want to get sick and die after he's spent so much time in staying alive. Bush might believe that his god will protect him from death, and grant the USA and UN victory, but, my goodness, you can't trust anything all the time. Put a little faith into yourself..
Right now, my mother has me downing multivi pills, olive leaf, echinaecia, and any other substance she thinks might prevent me from contracting a virus or bacterial infection. I have atopical dermatitis, so the smallpox vaccination is her, and my, worst fear. And who thought up that little rumor, i wonder...
| AH! HEAD FOR THE HILLS... Not. ||Mar 8th. at 6:23:59 am EST|
|Foxheart (NH) ||Age: 23 - Email |
I've stocked up on sour Skittles.
Personally if it does come down to nukes and bio-weapons we're f**ked anyway. Pardon my pessimism. It's just that I think people are making a mountain out of a mole hill.
The whole reason we are over in Iraq is so that they can't come over here and hurt us. That's why Bushy-baby is finishing what dad started. Sadam is a threat to be sure.
And no I do not advocate war. War never solved anything. But Sadam is the modern-day Hitler. Take him out, help the Iraqi people form a democratic government and maybe just maybe they'll be on our side!
What I will do, instead of building myself a cold-war bomb shelter stocked with all the necessities, is pray for our soldiers that they might be protected. I will also pray for the Iraqi people because the war is in their country and many of them will probably die. Women and children. I will pray that justice will be carried out with minimal loss of life and that if Goddess and God see fit they will intervene in our selfish human affairs.
Peace and Blessed Be.
| Just My Opinion.... ||Mar 8th. at 7:10:36 am EST|
|bewitchingKitty (kentucky) ||Age: 34 - Email |
How do you prepare for such an event? I live in what locals thinks of a fairly safe place, but I think they need a good map. To the North within seeing distance on a clear day is a nuclear power plant, to the southwest there is the gold reserve and a army depot station to the south east, but what is a person to do. Have people really realized that saran wrap and duct tape are not the answer. Just exactly how do you go about sealing off a house or a room to prevent fallout seepage? When the officials were recommending sealing off a safe place did they think to tell people that they should purchase and oxygen tank to provide air. Sealed means "NO AIR" how many ziploc baggy users are out there?...to keep odors out the bag must be sealed to prevent air leakage. How long can a person survive without fresh air? The officials around here seemed to forget to tell people that they will need to seal off the dryer vent, all of the open sink drains, and the toilet & stove vents. You would have to seal off all heating and cooling ducts that lead from the outside as well as all water supply, most of the U.S. water isn't fit to drink without filtering, but air could pass through a drained water line. I suppose it wouldn't hurt to have extra water, sealed matches and candles, sealed food for your family and your pets and whatever emergency provisions you might need to live if the power & water was shut off. We just spent a week facing a huge ice storm that shut off power and phones for over a week. The world has become to modern, we are way to dependent on the easy way of life. Everyone should know how to build a fire and boil water to make it drinkable, what plants and animals to eat to survive in nature and the basics that have been long forgotten in the modern world. Where are the horse and buggy days when you need them? Hopefully there will be a peaceful solution to our American loses, but if there is a nuclear disaster near KY and all is lost I would like to return as an endangered animal or plant life, something that would seem to make a difference.
Blessed be to all and remember to speak with a smile upon your heart, because nice does matter.
| No Special Preps ||Mar 8th. at 1:26:20 pm EST|
|Steve Vallee (Fort Collins, CO) ||Age: 57 - Email |
I have made no special preparations...I have a first aid kit, but I have no plastic wrap and no duct tape...I don't think anything is going to happen. When I was in grade school, we had the duck and cover drills, now we have the duct tape and cover drills. What next? I think it is just silliness. If I had to evacuate my home, I would take my credit cards and cash, my guitar, my camping pack (already set into a big box to go in the back of my pick-up) , extra coat and boots and a helluva sense of humor. In this time we need humor more than anything else. The only weapon against the terror-minded is laughter. BTW, has anyone forgot that dying is the only way, short of the space program, that we get off the planet. Death has no terror for me: I survived a war with several decorations. I always figured that I was on borrowed time anyway. Tho only grouop to be wary of is our own government and the, quite misnamed/ justice department. Amyway, I am not goimng to worry about the ramblings and rumblings of the government. I prefer to put my energies into that which I can control and not react to a manufactured htsteria about a potential terror. Perhaps I am too cynical, but who is turning the profit from all this kerfuffle? That should be the question.
| Why Bohter ||Mar 8th. at 11:58:07 pm EST|
|Zintac Dracon Mortrain (Detroit, MI) ||Age: 24 - Email |
Ok so if they do drop the nukes i live about 5 miles south of downtown detroit, so unless i'm all ready away there is no point. But if i could perpare here is what i would take.
1. First aid kit
2. A bow and arrows
3. Food and water. with a heating soucre.
4. A realy good knife.
5. Clothes: socks, shoes/boots, Pants shirts ect.
6. A color book on herbs and plants.
7. My covens BOS with a pen
8. Some candles and my scry.
9. A back pack with my tent and blankets.
10. The woman i love. (where ever she may be.)
Thats about it. The us needs to get it's crap togther and stop being the police force of the planet. if they want to kill eatch other on the outher side of the world then let them. It's there problem. Most of the problems over there where caused by the us getting is nose in where it doesn't belong. So my advice to the president is to pull all over seas troops and bring them home. Then let them people over there sort out all there problems.
Do what tho will and harm the None.
Zintac Dracon Mortrain. Speeker of the moon. high preiset of House of shadows east.
| Does It Really Matter? ||Mar 9th. at 1:25:17 am EST|
|Nicholas (Florida) ||Age: 18 - Email |
No, My family and I have made no precautions, nor will we make any. I think people are just getting a little too scared. I have just really gotten to the point where I really dont care anymore...If we are going to get bombed and die...well I guess it is just our time anyway. In the meantime, I am not going to waste time and money when I could be doing better things with my life. So..No, no special precautions here.
| Fear Is What They Want From You ||Mar 9th. at 3:06:09 pm EST|
|Mostin (Derbyshire, UK) ||Age: 28 - Email |
It always sounds unnecessarily smug when people in other countries (like mine) point out that America has, for many years, been blessedly free of something that we've had to put up with for a long time. It's true, though, and we've learned a lot from our experiences of terrorism through the years. Now, I don't criticise the US people for being scared since 9/11 brought terrorism 'home' to you - that's natural, and it *wasn't* something you had any real experience of - but I have to point out that, from my point of view at least, you appear to be doing exactly what the fanatics want you to do. We call them 'terrorists' because they work to provoke terror. Your companies, news media and other organisations are doing the same thing: falling over themselves to warn you about what terrible danger you're in, that it will happen to YOU, that YOU must be prepared... If you believe them, if you buy every anti-terrorist gadget going, and spend the rest of your life hiding under a table in the basement, well, that's the end of the Land of the Free.
Live your lives - don't hide yourselves away because your enemies want you to.
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