Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


May 1, 2013

In Your View


ASHLAND — Lessons from Boston bombing

The bombing at the Boston Marathon reminded many of us of Sept. 11, 2001. To ensure our safety, we all need to take certain lessons away from this tragedy.

Although it is unlikely, other bombings could occur wherever people congregate. We know from our Israeli allies that we need to be alert to unattended or abandoned parcels, luggage or other containers.

The persons suspected of the Boston bombing appeared to be placing their devices and leaving the area just moments before the blasts. More lead time before the blast could have prevented many injuries and even deaths.

So what should you do if you discover a suspected or unattended parcel?

(1) Do not touch the suspicious parcel! Many bombs are fitted with motion sensitive triggers. Moving them can cause detonation.

(2) Use a landline to notify authorities. Cell phone and radio transmissions can also cause detonation.

We can color code awareness levels as green, yellow, orange, and red.

At alert level green we might as well be asleep. We walk around totally engrossed in ourselves, our music and our devices.

At condition yellow, we are alert to what is going on around us but relaxed. Police officers make a habit of living in condition yellow.

Condition orange is a heightened awareness. In condition orange, we are prepared to react defensively.

In condition red, a police officer will have his weapon at the ready to engage a target. The presence or extreme possibility of an attack has been perceived.

The spectators at the Boston Marathon were engrossed in watching the runners cross the finish line. That is condition green. Conditions orange and red are too stressful to maintain indefinitely.

Condition yellow, however, is an alert level with we can live. It is our best protection against bombings. Don’t be afraid to live your life, but if you see something such as a suspicious parcel, say something to authorities.

Steven Little, Ashland

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