Ted Koppel on Preparedness

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by melbo, Aug 3, 2006.

  1. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member


    Grass-Roots America Isn't Prepared for Catastrophe

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    “Preparing for a disaster is neither rocket science nor brain surgery. It is making sure that people at the grass-roots level know what to do. ”​

    <!-- end of inset column div --> <!-- end inset column / start center column --> Morning Edition, August 3, 2006 · Here’s what scares me: One of these days, we’re going to have another catastrophe in this country. I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready.

    I hear and read about how the Department of Homeland Security is allocating (or not allocating) money to different communities around the country; but I keep running into cops and firemen who tell me that they still don't have compatible radios that allow for direct communications in the field between a police cruiser and a firetruck; and they still don't have biochemical suits that aren't out of date.

    Some cities are further along than others, but in far too many, the changes are just minimal. Never mind minimal. At my level, the changes are nonexistent. And when I say "my level," I mean your level, our level -- grass roots. Believe me, on this issue, we're all grass roots.

    I may get the chance to talk with a lot of these greater and lesser officials, senators and congresspeople, three stars and four stars, even a couple of Supreme Court Justices.

    But if they know what we should be doing in terms of taking care of our families in the event of another catastrophe, they are not sharing.

    Here’s my point: Preparing for a disaster is neither rocket science nor brain surgery. It is making sure that people at the grass-roots level know what to do. There are some very simple things we could be doing that would cover a variety of catastrophes. Having enough food in our houses or apartments so that we could stay home for a few weeks if we had to; that could save millions of lives if we were all prepared. Food and water and toilet paper, a crank-up radio and batteries for the flashlights. Pet food, if you have pets; and prescription medicine.

    All of these are measures that would serve in the event of an avian-flu pandemic, a chemical or biological terrorist attack or a Category Five hurricane.

    The point is that we need to begin setting up a network that reaches from the federal government to the state level, from the states to the cities and townships and from every police, fire and sheriff’s department into each and every neighborhood. I know they can reach me when they want to, because I hear from them when they have a fundraiser coming up.

    I’d like a little practical advice on the smartest way to set up a communications plan with my family. Is there anything we can do if the phone system crashes and we can’t communicate by e-mail? I know that in the event of an emergency I’m going to hear some screeching noise on my local radio station, and then (they've been promising for years) someone will tell me precisely what to do. But I’ve been in broadcasting for fifty years and no one’s ever told me. So if I’m on the air when trouble strikes, don’t expect me to tell you where to go or what to do.

    That's where all those first responders come into the picture. I'd like to know that they have as much information as possible -- now -- while everything is still calm. I'd also like to think that they could start sharing that information with the rest of us, at the community level.

    I have absolute confidence that there are some really smart people out there who’ve thought these issues through and who are just waiting to tell us all about it. I have only one question: What, precisely, are they waiting for?
  2. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Good one !!!!....
  3. poacher

    poacher Monkey+++ Founding Member

    good find Melbo, So since he wants answers are you going to send him a link to here?[touchdown]

    Take care Be safe Poacher.
  4. TailorMadeHell

    TailorMadeHell Lurking Shadow Creature

    Now that is really different. Sounds like he'd accept information, good information, from anyone. So maybe bringing him on board may take some of the stigma out of prepping. Could be a good idea to send him a tidbit of information and see what goes down. Might even get a plug on national TV. :D

    He is right though. There is so much available information that is spread all over and it is sites like this one that bring it all together. However there are people and sheeple that don't know where to get it or don't want to hear it. We could make it a point of duty to point these people to the different information highways whether they wisely use the information or not. Just my thoughts on it.
  5. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Wouldn't that be a hoot. Wonder what his user name would be? "And this...............is Nightline."
  6. ghostrider

    ghostrider Resident Poltergeist Founding Member

    That's a start, thinking about it. An extremely SLOW start, but still a start. Hurricane Andrew and kids convinced me I wasn't prepared enough, I didn't need 9/11, and Katrina.

    Would be a good thread to start. You have to do a threat asessment for your area and circumstances, and by necessity, it must be a living breathing document. What you and I are planning for can be two totally different things.

    Natural or man-made disaster?
    Sentimental or tactical targets for terrorists?
    Small area or millions of people displaced?
    Rural area or close to large urban?
    Capability of local responders?
    Economic conditions/joblessness?
    People panic or order quickly restored?

    Something as simple as legal concealed carry in your state can affect planning. In a state that forbids its citizens to defend themselves, terrorists can show up anytime or place there is a large gathering of people, shoot four or five people per terr, and didi mau.
  7. monkeyman

    monkeyman Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I have only one question: What, precisely, are they waiting for?

    I would say for most they are just waiting for anyone to ask or at least to be willing to listen without calling them nuts and acuseing them of crying the sky is falling.

    I think sending him a link would be a cool idea, he probably wouldnt bother to look at it but at least if he walks what he talks and is interested in info on what to do there are a lot of ideas here and a lot of smart folks who have spent agood bit of time thinking it out.
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