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This showed up in yesterday's New York Post, under the title Prep or we're ducked.

New Yorkers are frighteningly unprepared for a terrorist attack

By Michael Goodwin

March 29, 2016 | 11:19pm

The Cold War marked the high point of America’s civil defense system. Starting under President Harry Truman, the fear of a nuclear attack from the Soviet Union sparked emergency communication systems, air raid sirens, plans for cities to evacuate and hospitals to mobilize.

Bomb shelters were stocked with food and medicine, and mandatory drills showed people how to get to them. Millions of students practiced cowering under their desks.

Duck-and-cover is now mocked, but there remains much to admire in the civil defense approach. It grew out of a realization that the civilian population would be on its own during an attack and that individuals needed plans to follow and rehearsals would save lives.

Today, Islamic terrorism is the global menace, and with attacks proliferating, New York should consider a modified civil defense approach. While 9/11 led to many changes in the heroic police and fire departments, there still exists a looming gap between government preparedness and that of the general public.

For example, do workers on the 20th floor of a Midtown high-rise know what to do if terrorists take over the lobby? Is there a single communications system in the building to alert people in various companies? Is there a person in a secure location responsible for delivering potentially lifesaving instructions?

The rest of the column is here:

I'd hazard a guess and say that one could remove the name "New York" and substitute any other city/town/village in the world and be just as accurate.

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Re: New Yorkers are frighteningly unprepared for a terrorist attack
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2016, 03:43:26 PM »
Didn't Obama cut something like $200 million in anti-terrorism funding for NYC when Schmuckie Schumer wouldn't support Obama's Iran deal?

If NYC suffers an attack similar to others we've seen recently, the blood is on Obama's hands.  Not that he will notice it among the blood already there.

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Re: New Yorkers are frighteningly unprepared for a terrorist attack
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2016, 06:07:35 PM »
Well, NYC and every other left wing hell hole has an armada of unicorns protecting them.  :rotf:
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