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Duck and Cover…


Good morning, Netizens...


This is Disaster Preparedness Month. In keeping with Governor Christine Gregoire's request for a statewide earthquake drill at 9:45 AM Wednesday morning, promptly on time I crawled beneath my desk, covering my head with one hand, and held onto the desk leg with the other. To be honest, for the requisite two minutes I felt more like a complete fool than I did a responsible, prepared citizen. I had visions of Governor Gregoire crawling beneath her desk for two minutes, ignoring the telephones ringing and people queued up outside her office waiting for various meetings. Even worse, can you imagine Chief Kirkpatrick or Mayor Verner crawling beneath their desks to duck and cover?


Several members of my family resided for years in tornado alley, and are quite familiar with the “duck and cover” drills which are still taught in the public schools during the spring and fall months of the year in the Mid and South West. When the tornado alarm blew, you dove beneath the nearest desk and covered your head until the “all clear” alarm was sounded. This same exercise was originally popularized as part of Civil Defense back in the 60's and 70's but in modern-day Spokane I do not know if any of the civil defense sirens still work.


Is Spokane prepared for a disaster of epic proportions? What would happen if we lost our telephones, Internet access and television in one simultaneous event? Where would we go, what would we do and in what order?


Sure! We would crawl beneath our desks, cover our heads with one hand and hang on for dear life. Of course you opinion of this may differ.



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