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August 1, 2009

A real 24 hours

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on August 1, 2009

In the Fox Broadcasting drama, 24 a crack counter-terrorism unit saves the nation in a 24 hours sequence.

I wonder how Kiefer Sutherland would handle the real-deal? Here are a few of yesterday’s public alerts for a typical US city and, of course, these do not capture half of the issues being worked.

0617    Building fire. DDOT reports that 4th Street,NE remains blocked at W Street,NE.  MPD/DC Police is on location for traffic control.

0628  Water and Sewer Authority (WASA) reports that the water main breaks at 13th and Florida Ave,NW & Belmont Street NW, between 13th and 14th Street, NW have been successfully restored.

1006  Virginia Dept of Transportation reports on I-66 (going east bound) all lanes are closed to traffic due to vehicle fire at exit 62

1036  Vehicle fire on on I-66. Two of the lanes on EB I-66 that were closed at exit 62 (VA) are reopened. Other lanes will reopen shortly.

1352  National Weather has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the Metropolitan Region (Including the District of Columbia) until 9:00 PM today.

1405  Due to the heat emergency it is advised that all with respiratory problems remain indoors.

1412  Severe Thunderstorm Warning for NE DC effective until 2:45PM. Stay indoors if possible and away from windows. 60 mph wind gusts possible.

1432 All lanes westbound are blockedon I-66 in Rosslyn, just west of the D.C. border, due to a downed tree.  (See related Washington Post story.)

To state the obvious: natural and accidental threats abound, direct and indirect impacts on infrastructure can cascade, effective response and recovery requires significant interagency collaboration with quick and accurate public communication.  Less obviously, given this level of ongoing urgent response, it can be a challenge to give sustained strategic attention to less common catastrophic risks.

(Residents of the Washington D.C. area can register to receive text alerts such as those excerpted above by accessing https://textalert.ema.dc.gov)

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1 Comment »

Comment by William R. Cumming

August 1, 2009 @ 11:45 am

By the way Jack Bauer (Keifer Sutherland)testified before Congress. Do you have the testimony?

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