I am worried by the events on the news
I admit that the attacks in Paris have reawakened the fear I felt after 911. My heart was in my throat when the second plane hit the Towers. Then the Pentagon was hit and finally those on the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania. Every hour brought more horror.
In the years since there are a number of people who don’t remember. They were too young, in a different part of the country or didn’t understand.
It scared me to pieces when President Bush said this war would last for generations. .It turns out he was right.
Our country, our soldiers will be fighting to keep us safe. The men and women in my family have served in the Navy, the Army, the Marines, the National Guard. I don't want to lose any of them to a terrorist.
I hope I’m wrong, but I worry about another attack happening here.
So what can a person do?
If I plan to go to the mall, I pick a time when its not crowded. Crowds are prime targets for suicide bombers.
In a lot of ways I’m lucky. Being a trained police officer, my husband is always aware of his surroundings. When we are in public he knows what’s happening. I depend on him.
I always look for and locate where the exits are.
I go to church but arrive as the service starts and sit near the exit. There are too many components of a religious war in this conflict. Several churches have already been the site of shootings.
Recently, there was a warning posted for parents of children. If there is a shooting, bombing, attack at your children’s school ,’Don’t go there!” These cowards are trained to have a second attack in place to kill the emergency response workers. Wait to be told where to pick up your child. I know this is a time filled with panic. Be safe.
Be alert when out in public. No one noticed the Boston bombers drop backpacks on the sidewalk.
Get a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Attacks have been stopped by return fire,
Notice someone who’s clothes look too bulky. A vest bomb is heavy.
Don’t be ashamed that strangers make you nervous. This is your commonsense working.
Don’t be embarrassed to call the police if you see something suspicious.
Another thing I learned. Keep an emergency kit close. Have what you need to survive for several days if you're cut off.
I no longer think I'm paranoid.
So what do you do to stay safe?
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