The key to fighting terrorism, writes John Robb, is through resilient communities.
Resilient communities are those where, from the bottom up, people learn how to deal with disasters before it happens. It’s simple preparedness, being ready, being drilled, so that when the time comes you don’t panic, and act appropriately.
The point is that everyone needs these skills.
I’ll admit I’m very lax on this. I don’t even have a fire escape
ladder (we’re a one-story house). I don’t have a back-up generator. I
don’t have water squirreled away, and I don’t have an emergency kit.
Heck I don’t even have an extra flashlight in the car.
Chances are you don’t either. And this is what makes us vulnerable,
not just to terrorism but to all disasters. Uniquely and supremely
Conservatives have spent decades talking down government, but
they’re as much to blame for this as anyone. The fact is we all need
better coping tools, and we need emergency supplies on hand, in our
homes, in our vehicles, on our persons.
What will we do if the lights go out?
Here disaster readiness, practical fighting against terrorism, the
complex stability of the Internet and The War Against Oil all come
We don’t need huge power plants, losing half their supplies on the
way into town like kids playing at filling a glass from spoonfuls of
water. We all need our own power sources. Right now these will consist
mainly of gas or diesel generators, and that’s bad. Every home should
have a windmill, every roof should have solar panels. And our
electrical grid needs the ability to deal with rising supplies as well
as rising demand.
Why? To make the system more resilient. More resilient against
terrorists, more resistant against disasters. We have an opportunity,
and an obligation, to become more self-sufficient, all of us,
individually, as families, as members of our local communities.
If you really are serious about fighting terrorism, that’s how to do
it. Learn what to do when disaster strikes. Be prepared. Be resilient.
Knowledge and preparedness can beat fear. Just as they are doing in the
Mississippi River, right now.