U.S. Unprepared for Attacks and Catastrophes

Have you ever showed someone an article or a news report in order to convince them of something, only to hear them ridicule your source? They might say, “Yeah, but that’s according to Fox News or Personal Liberty or Frank Bates.”

Well, we’ve been telling people for years that the U.S. government is not prepared to handle large-scale terrorist attacks and natural disasters, but only a few seem to listen. Now, the Associated Press – probably the world’s most respected media outlet – is saying the same thing we’ve been shouting from the rooftops.

Under a headline of “US Not Fully Prepared for Nuclear Terrorist Attack,” the AP’s article stated, “A congressional audit says the federal government isn’t fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or large-scale natural catastrophe. It finds that the government lacks effective coordination and in some cases is years away from ensuring adequate emergency shelter and medical treatment.”

Now, I’m not the least bit surprised by that finding and I’m sure you’re not either. But I wonder how the people who never listen to us feel about it. I wonder if this was the wake-up call they needed to start getting ready for a disaster, or if it’s just another thing they will ignore and hope goes away.

The report goes on to say that in the case of a nuclear terrorist attack, it would take one to five years to develop a strategy to determine whether people were exposed to unsafe levels of radiation, and five to 10 years to plan for a full medical response.

First of all, does this finding shock you, or is it pretty much what you thought all along? Second, do you think most people will respond to this report by preparing for an emergency, or will they keep their heads buried in the sand? Let me know what you think.

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