We will have another large earthquake in California. No one knows when, but there will be one. So "Burners Without Borders" hosted a disaster prep workshop recently, called "How to Survive the Apocalypse On $20 and the Stuff In Your Junk Drawer."
Because of a rigid ideological commitment to "get Washington off the public's back," House of Representative Republicans tend to have a counter productive, narrow view of the appropriate role for federal government.
All of the advanced preparation and response to the storm prevented death, injury and damage. We may have escaped the worst imaginable catastrophe this time, but perhaps we won't next time. It is better to be inconvenienced than dead.
I find myself asking whether this earthquake is a wake up call for us to remember we need to be prepared for another 9/11. We don't want to be. We want to believe that it won't happen again. But it will at some point and we need to be ready in whatever ways we can.
Real-time government? It's not only possible; it's already happening! I've shared examples of innovative government transparency projects before, both now I'm providing proof that the vision is coming to fruition.
No man is an island. Surely you want to be linked up with neighbors in case of emergencies like earthquakes and fires. That way, when the crisis is over, you can return to your hermetic ways in one piece.
As illustrated by the attempted airline terrorist attack on Christmas, our country continues to be a target for terrorists. For security professionals, emergency preparedness training is critical for these emergencies.