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In Case of Emergency, We're on Our Own

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Friday, August 15, 2003

In Case of Emergency, We're on Our Own

Think your government has a handle on terrorism and what to do if there's another attack? Think again.

The majority of Washington, D.C. Fire and EMS departments that are supposed to be experienced in handling hazardous materials failed an exam testing their competency in responding to chemical or biological attacks. Twelve of the fourteen members who took the test earlier this month scored less than seventy percent on the exam. The questions included ones about hazardous materials, monitoring equipment and the department's standard operating procedure.

The assistant chief of operations, James Martin, says, "it's bad, but it's not the end of the world." Not unless there's another attack!

We are not much better off than we were nearly two years ago. The government makes a lot of noise - like those supposed security guards at the airport - but terrorists who know what they're doing are a lot smarter than people who can't pass basic exams.

The real message from government is - in case of another attack, you're on your own.

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.

In Case of Emergency, We're on Our Own