Preparedness

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"Every breath that is in your lungs is a tiny little gift to me."
White Stripes / Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground

Posted on May 12, 2003 4:40 PM in Elsewhere
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Bioterror readiness testing kicked off in Seattle today, according to an article I read at ABC News. There are supposed to be operations across the United States this week to test how ready the nation's emergency workers are for terrorist acts. Interestingly enough, my alma mater, Pacific Lutheran University played its part, hosting a car bombing and a mock-hostage situation. Chicago is apparently the other big city to host the testing, and from what I read in the article, it seems the behind-the-scene stagers have put quite a bit of effort into the whole ordeal. There have apparently already been fake news crews, and there are even plans for Bush and Cheney look-alikes to be involved in the process. Some might hope that this will be a $16 million well spent, but I hope it turns out to be a complete waste of time and money. Why? Because if it is, that means we won't ever have to deal with the "real" version of these kinds of situations.

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