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  •  Y'know... (4+ / 0-)
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    upperleftedge, splashy, BachFan, gchaucer2

    ...all this scares me sh*tless. Two and a half years
    ago, I was working for a city dept. of transportation,
    just working on traffic signal designs and timings.
    Come May of 2005, and I'm plunked down into the
    Traffic Management Authority of the Office of
    Emergency Management and Communications.

    What do traffic signals have to do with emergency
    preparedness? Or homeland security?

    My worst nightmare: the disaster hits, the 911 Center
    is locked down, and me being on the outside, it lands
    in MY lap!

    Duct tape, MacGuyver. Gotta get more duct tape...

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight.

    by JeffW on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 07:33:42 AM PDT

    •  well, there is a framework (5+ / 0-)
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      and practicing beforehand is not a bad idea.

      Hope is not a plan, and plans are not preparedness.

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 07:35:08 AM PDT

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      •  Yes, but... (2+ / 0-)
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        ...OEMC is woefully understaffed. You know all those
        nasty ol' surveillance cameras? Not enough retired
        cops to watch the monitors, and those that are there
        are either sleeping, or reading the paper. When a
        VIP is going to show up, the bosses scramble to get
        enough people to man all the consoles. Its a shell
        game, and when they formed the TMA, the made it worse.
        And they aren't hiring any new staff in FY 2008.

        No drills, no special instructions, no nuthin'!

        I could build a better framework with an Erector set.

        Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight.

        by JeffW on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 07:53:06 AM PDT

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        •  Looks like actual physical infrastructure (1+ / 0-)
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          Is indeed a neglected part of emergency planning. Roads that are difficult to use in case of evacuation also make it difficult to get supplies or aid in too. Even roads that are wide enough can be treacherous if there aren't enough working lights or adequate signage so people readily know where to go, or know where they are going.

          Can existing places such as gyms and community centers be used for emergency shelters, command posts? Are they too small, with inadequate heating, lighting or privacy for survival functions? Are there sirens and warning signals sufficient to reach every part of town, and do they work in case of power failure? Are shelters accessible to the handicapped?

          Emergency landing places for rescue boats, helicopters, tanks, and other needed vehicles: do they exist, and in what condition are they?

          A Crushie for Democracy There are two kinds of Republicans: millionaires and fools.

          by CarolDuhart on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 10:59:24 AM PDT

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