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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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| Nope ||Mar 9th. at 4:22:20 pm EST|
|Silver Mercaeant (Indiana) ||Age: 24 - Email - Web|
No, we have not made any precautions. If there were to be a nuclear attack for instance, I highly doubt that duct tape and saran wrap are going to protect much of anything. We're honestly more worried about our terrorists - oh, I mean government - than anything else. They are something we can hopefully actually do something about, rather than spending our days worrying about some tragedy that may or may not come. I choose to live my life in the moment and try to put my time to productive uses. Why worry about death when life is here today?
| Preparations, Hmmmmmmm ||Mar 9th. at 5:20:34 pm EST|
|Dancing Rabbit (West of Austin Texas USA) ||Age: 51 - Email |
No, not really. I guess I should stock up on things that I might be without if supplies to the local stores got inturrupted. I don't expect terrorists will target my little town in the middle of nowhere. If it's bio warfare, there is no place I could get vaccinated now even if I wanted to. I don't see the point of panicing and duck taping up a room just in case what happened. Isn't this sort of what the terrowists might want? Everyone in a state of constant terrow...
| Well... ||Mar 9th. at 8:21:40 pm EST|
|Bronwyn (GA) ||Age: 23 - Email |
My husband and I both work for our county's EMA/EMS; he's a firefighter and I'm a 911 dispatcher; so if anything happens in our area, we're going to the station to do what is needed. That's our plan. As for what everyone should have on hand, I would strongly recommend flashlights and lots of extra batteries, a battery powered radio, a good first aid kit, bottled water, and canned foods (don't forget the can-opener) , among other things. The most important thing to remember in case of such an emergency is to remain calm and don't panic. Follow the instructions given out by your local and state EMAs and unless they tell you to evacuate your area, stay home! Don't crowd the roads and contribute to hysteria. Also, don't tie up emergency phone lines unless you have an emergency. It makes it very difficult to get to the people that truly need help when everyone calls 911 to find out what's happening. If you are sincerely concerned about an attack, find out if your local government has an Emergency Preparedness Plan or something similar and educate yourself, or contact your local EMA.
| Common Sense Directs My Preparations ||Mar 10th. at 3:09:36 am EST|
|Jason Wright (Tacoma, WA) ||Age: 31 - Email |
I heard about the recommendations from our new Homeland Security dept. to stock up on plastic and duct tape. At first I thought it was someone trying to tell me a bad joke. When I learned it was true, a feeling of saddness passed through me. For people that understand chemical weapons, plastic and duct tape are vastly inferior to fresh air and basic common sense and understanding. Chemical weapons must be delivered at the proper concentration for a specific duration. Also, most all chemical weapons live in the body for a short duration. The military issues a counteragent to chemical weapons that (amyl nitride) that keeps the body working a few extra minutes so the toxins are used up. If someone is exposed, go to fresh air. This can mean, go upwind, get out of the building etc. Most chemical weapons are heavier than air, thus will find ways into low lying areas. Wash off any residues that are found on the body. Remember, during the 1990s a chemical weapon was used in the Japan subways? Less than 10% of the people died even with "perfect conditions" for chemical delivery. A strong wind will dilute the chemical and make it harmless. Rain will also dilute the chemical and also take it out of the air. The chemicals won't work when its freezing or when its too hot. Due to temperature inversions, sunrise and sunset are the best time for delivery. Chemical weapons are much better at causing terror and unrest. At the moment, the media hype and the terror alerts are doing a much better job. I'm not worried about chemical weapons. The real weapons of mass destruction are nuclear weapons. According to the UN, Iraq doesn't have any. Now, if a terrorist attack devastates my area, I'm trained to perform advanced first aid, Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and if called upon, assist MDs in emergency Cardiac Surgery, and Cardiac Angioplasty (PTCA) . I will do all that I can to help the injured.
| Getting The Heck Outta Dodge ||Mar 10th. at 5:58:42 am EST|
|Morrighan (State of motion) ||Age: 24 - Email |
I'm moving to England. Not that there's any less threat there, mind you, but I would rather deal with Tony Blair than Bush any day of the week. Plus, boyfriend person lives there, and if we're going down in a blaze o' glory, I'd like to kick back with him and a bottle of Krystal and listen to Miles Davis.
| No Security Preparations Here ||Mar 10th. at 9:58:56 pm EST|
|Krystallwytch (Kentucky) ||Age: 46 - Email |
Maybe I am fatalistic, I don't know.
I refuse to live in fear. I am 46 years old and will not be intimidated by any petty tyrant from any country, the US or any others.
If there is a national emergency and I am in danger, I will face it with whatever courage and honor I can muster at the time.
Should there be a nuclear attack, I hope I will have enough warning so I can make a margarita and sit in the yard with my sunglasses on and watch and perish in the blast.
I don't think I would want to survive the aftermath of a nuclear war.
I pray to my deities for peace and hope that human beings can learn to live together in peace and not destroy each other in an effort to prove that one way of belief is correct and the other is wrong.
"Whoever has the biggest weapon wins?" I don't think so.
| Unprepared And Planning To Stay That Way ||Mar 10th. at 10:44:34 pm EST|
My many times great grandfather was a rebel and an officer during the American Revolution. He fought because he wanted freedom for himself and his three sons, and because he believed in the potential of what was to eventually become the United States of America. I think he would be turning over in his grave if he saw the country he fought for as it is today.
I flatly refuse to be pushed into buying duct tape and plastic to prepare against possible chemical warfare. That's as logical as going into battle with a cap gun or plastic sword - it may feel better than being empty-handed but in the end it will do about as much good. I still hope this senseless war can be averted, but I will not run, I will not hide, and I will not saran-wrap my house if we are attacked.
| My Measure Of Security ||Mar 10th. at 11:06:24 pm EST|
|Willow Wolf-Hawk (Illinois) ||Age: 17 - Email - Web|
The T.V. is harboring so much negative emotion that I don't even turn it on anymore to watch 'All In The Family'. I'm 17, and I want to be a voice for the people that are my age in this matter. We hear all of this negativity and have to kind of wonder where our future lies. Are we going to get to go to college and raise kinder, or are we going to be poisoned by some airplane that happens to be flying over at any given moment? Are we going to be shipped off to a foreign country to fight a war that , especially from my Wiccan perspective, is against our ethics?
You wanna know what I've done for security? I pulled out my MELANIE CD. Remember her? That sing-songy 'Summer of Love' singer. I popped her cd in and sang all of her songs from the top of my lungs. Why? Because it made me feel good. It made me think that if there was a hope for a better world then ... then we can have hope for a better world now. And I felt the surge of energy course through me as I sang 'Raise Those Candles High, Because If You Don't We Could Stay Black Against The Night". I'm not willing to stay black agains the night. I'm willing to give my dose of joy in a world saddened by turbulence. That's my measure of security.
| Mauve Alert ||Mar 10th. at 11:23:10 pm EST|
|Mike (richmond) ||Age: 26 - Email |
The recent onslaught of creeping doom has prompted me to take drastic measures. I now breathe only when absolutely neccessary. I routinely open my neighbors' mail to verify the contents. I have equipped my mailbox with an incinerator that destroys all possible contagions long before they enter my home. I use a high powered zoom lens to photograph all vehicles, individuals, and vertabrates that come within visual range of my roof. All images are promptly emailed directly to Tom Ridge. As an added measure, I've pulled out my favorite pair of Spiderman Underoos. Evildoers beware.
| Not Really ||Mar 11th. at 1:45:17 am EST|
|nineveh (United States) ||Age: 32 - Email |
I haven't prepared for terrorist attacks...I live within ten miles of three military bases, and the mountain under which NORAD's bunker is concealed is visible from my hilltop apartment. Either I'll be one of the first to die, or I'm safer here than in many other cities.
And the duct-tape-and-plastic things reminds me of those Fifties "duck and cover" films they showed schoolchildren during the height of the Cold War. It's a bit of good PR, but nothing more, a way to give people a false sense of security and add to the illusion that there is something one can do to avoid being killed as a (direct or indirect) result of our government's going to war.
I know I sound cynical, but I can't view this in any favorable light, and I rather more fear the stupid decisions made by the U.S. government than any possible terrorist threat. I feel that the question ought to be, what are we doing to fight the slow but steady removal of our civil rights?
| Don't Have To Take Evil Handed To You ||Mar 11th. at 3:29:36 am EST|
|evergreen (Eastern mid-atlantic) ||Age: 61 - Email |
If my fellow Pagans will forgive my reference to a passage I read recently in the Christian bible (pto the effect that "..You do not have to accept evil that some may try to hand to you". If you don't back this war of killing persons on the street who are people like us, then you can choose to walk away from it mentally and keep silence in the presence of those red-faced angry ferocious people who want to involve us.
| About That Duct Tape... ||Mar 11th. at 11:10:34 am EST|
|Andromeda (Hillsborough, NC) ||Age: 27 - Email - Web|
In response to the question, my fiance and I have not taken any precautions, though we often discuss what we would do if the nation were to come under martial law. These discussions could have been taken from Mad Max or Bladerunner, talk of guns and other weapons for defending ourselves and our homes from our fellow citizens. Quite frankly, I think that this is more plausible than invasion.
I think that the mention of Duct Tape (specifically the brand Duck Tape) is clever marketing. So, assuming every one does purchase the silver stuff and they tape plastic sheeting to the windows and vents. How does the average family of four breathe after 10 hours, while the chemical fallout is still settling outside? Can one really create an air-tight seal about the home? We are not prepared in any way for bio/chem warefare, and no ammount of Duct Tape will save us.
That is, unless we place a large swath of it right over Bush's fat gob!
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