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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Alert and Alarmed

I was at a train station the other day and there was one of the anti-terrorism poster with the slogan "Be alert, not alarmed". I think the message in such areas should be more direct, in this case "Report unattended bags and packages". I know there is no ways to stop sucide bombers like the London attacks but could prevent Madrid style attacks. Of course in order to be able to report such bags and packages train stations would need to be manned.

Another good idea I had was there should be more First Aid Training. As passangers of trains and buses are going to be the first on the scence of any attack on the transport system, it would be helpful if more of them had some training and could do basic triage. If there was to be a major terrorism attack here it would really help if the most seriously wounded could be moved quickly.

4 Comments:

  • At 4:34 pm, July 14, 2005, Anonymous Guy said…

    I think you're right there. Be alert not alarmed? What does that mean? Seems like rhetorical anti-terror nonsense to me.

    Give people something concrete to do and there is much more chance of them doing it if necessary.

     
  • At 2:50 pm, July 15, 2005, Blogger tigersnake said…

    Perhaps they could be taught to scream their fucking lungs out.

    FOr example when sighting an abandoned bag that's ticking.

    Or Abbott.

     
  • At 7:40 pm, July 15, 2005, Blogger B. S. Fairman said…

    That is more Alarmed than Alert.
    Plus anyone who saw "Fight Club" would know that modern bombs don't tick but vibrate.

     
  • At 7:55 pm, July 21, 2005, Anonymous Russell Allen said…

    Forget reporting abandoned bags, you should be more concerned about bags attached to people. Everyone with rucksack should have to go through a controlled explosion.

     

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