posted on Feb, 17 2012 @ 10:18 AM
reply to post by diamondsmith
Honey, its the same thing every year. Yes this may be different because they are drilling for a potential disaster scenario. Just like firefighters
train for a bad fire. They don't want one, but they need to know how to handle one.
All the events since 911 have made Emergency Services a very hot field to be in. And most of these are a result of mandates that came out of Homeland
Security after 911.
You know who does the most planning? Your county. And your police and fire agency and you local health department are all involved. Most plan for
pandemics, then they test for other scenarios such as a fukishima, and the rest is local. If your on the east coast, you will see a lot of hurricane
drills. If you are on the west, then earthquake drills.
And the reason for the drills every year? To tweak out something that was learned in a previous disaster (Joplin, Irene, 2011 in general) but the
conditions will be change. For example, San Francisco may drill for an earthquake, but the supervising agencies may suddenly switch things up on them
and take out the Golden gate bridge and say: now what.
If you are in the midwest, then its tornadoes.
You will actually see the drills cut back because of the massive amounts of cuts from Homeland Security, and FEMA.
Even with all the drilling, no one is 100% prepared. The emergency service workers at Joplin are booked for the next two years speaking to emergency
service workers all across the country on what actually worked and what didn't.
What happened in Joplin was heartbrake, but in the end may save more lives then were killed.