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January 23, 2013

Preparedness means wearing pants and walking carefully

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Christopher Bellavita on January 23, 2013

“Preparedness isn’t just about disaster, it’s about how we think through what we do every day so that we can recover from the disasters, big or small, that life throws our way every day,” says Jesse Scott Campbell, in yesterday’s Indiana University¬†The Protect IU Blog.

It’s cold, colder than it’s been in a while….¬†So why do I keep seeing people in shorts, leggings, and mini-skirts on our campuses? I can only assume it’s an act of youthful rebellion, displaying indifference to the elements as a proof of strength. But what it really is is short-sighted, foolhardy, and of no actual benefit to anyone.

Working in emergency management for IU for four years now, I’ve learned a lot about assumptions. So many disruptive incidents have at their heart, a flawed assumption. You have to strike a balance of course, since it is safe to assume the sun will rise tomorrow, and that gravity will still pull downwards. Somewhere in between assuming everything is going to be ok and assuming everything is going to go wrong, that’s preparedness.

And that’s why I say preparedness is wearing pants….

Not to be outdone, the Readydogov twitter feed offers a dozen preparedness suggestions for winter storms and cold weather.

One idea: “Walk carefully on snowy, icy, walkways.”

Well… I suppose one can never be too prepared.


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Comment by Michael Brady

January 24, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

I am reminded of the homespun wisdom of our mother who told me and my siblings to always to wear clean underwear whenever going out in public so that we wouldn’t embarrass her when our garments were cut off in the emergency department.

Sorry Mom, I may be wearing yesterday’s drawers, going commando, or skipping socks even, but I’ve always got a small multi-tool, a button light, and a tiny Bic in my pants pocket.

As for slippery sidewalks, my insurance and VISA cards will have to serve if traction fails.

So I do need pants, if only to provide pockets in which to carry my essential kit.

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