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  1. I've been reading this morning about the US governments guidelines on protecting yourselves from various types of terrorist attacks.
    I was wondering what effects the t.v. ads are having on everyone.Are people panicking?Bulk buying etc.? Just calmly getting on with their preparations?
    What preparations have you personally made,if any?

    The other thing I've been wondering about is this...in the days following 9/11,I said to my husband about taping up all the windows and vents etc.He said sure,thats fine and what are you planning to breathe when we've used up all the air inside? (good point)I noticed that you're being told to tape up,so what are the government saying about getting clean air in?

    Thanks for your input on this guys,our government has said nothing.They did say that after 9/11 the national plans were being updated etc. This from a government that can't make trains run on time I suspect that they mean that the Blairs' bunker has been redecorated.
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  3. by   vettech
    Originally posted by ayemmeff
    I've been reading this morning about the US governments guidelines on protecting yourselves from various types of terrorist attacks.
    I was wondering what effects the t.v. ads are having on everyone.Are people panicking?Bulk buying etc.? Just calmly getting on with their preparations?
    What preparations have you personally made,if any?

    The other thing I've been wondering about is this...in the days following 9/11,I said to my husband about taping up all the windows and vents etc.He said sure,thats fine and what are you planning to breathe when we've used up all the air inside? (good point)I noticed that you're being told to tape up,so what are the government saying about getting clean air in?

    Thanks for your input on this guys,our government has said nothing.They did say that after 9/11 the national plans were being updated etc. This from a government that can't make trains run on time I suspect that they mean that the Blairs' bunker has been redecorated.
    Actually, we were told to BUY these items, not to use them just yet. The theory is that, in the event of a chemical attack, one could seal up one's home for half a day or so.

    Of course this IS rather silly as your home still won't be air tight but it would, in theory, reduce your exposure.

    As to what plans I've made, I live on the Gulf Coast, only 25 miles from the water. This area is prone to hurricaines and tropical storms. Because of this, I keep an emergency kit ready anyways. This time of year, it tends to thin out as I will use a lot of the items in the kit as hurricaine season isn't for another 3-4 months. In early summer, I usually restock it. Here's a list of suggested supplies -

    72 Hour Emergency Kit

    As I have pets, I also keep a bag of ferret food and bird food in the kit as well. (The lizard can fast a few days with no harm done)

    I also live very near one of the largest refinery complexes in the world. There's another incetive to keep an "evacuation kit" on hand. Those who live really close (Pasadena or Baytown) will periodically get "shelter in place" orders that last from a few hours to a day or two when an accident happens. I have classmates who live in those neighborhoods and they say that the duct tape and plastic thing is nothing new to them.
  4. by   bagladyrn
    How many of us would be at home anyway? Don't you figure the hospitals would activate their disaster plans and call us all in?
  5. by   sunnygirl272
    when i get around to buying my plastic and duct tape, will be buyin ga coupla plants too.....(recycle the CO2, baby...) of course...i am waiting a bit cuz i don't have a green thumb with indoor plants...i have started stocking on water...the only windowless room we have is a tiny br downstairs....wouldn't fit the2 of us and Halle for long....besides, if anything goes down, jay'll be called into work...(nuclear security)
  6. by   sunnygirl272
  7. by   eltrip
    I started setting aside food years ago( ...who wants to look in their child's eyes & say, "I'm sorry honey, but we don't have anything to eat."?) I am restocking my water supply, though.

    Thanks for the reminder about pet food. Gotta get some for the kitty.
  8. by   Tilleycs
    What have I done? Nothing. To me, telling the American people to put plastic on the outside of their houses to defend against terrorist attacks and biological weapons is like telling the schoolchildren in the 50's to get under their desks if a nuclear bomb went off. Sometimes I wonder if they're just telling people that so they can feel like they're doing something or have some measure of control again.

    Not to be too negative, but if it happens when we're in traffic or at the grocery store, having platic on our windows isn't going to help much. Ditto if that stuff gets into the environment (i.e., the soil, the water tables, etc.). Do you know how much food you're going to need to have to outlast that stuff if it gets into the environment? I don't know if there IS a way to really be prepared for stuff like that. THAT is why I wish we'd hurry up and get Saddam OUT of power and stop dilly-dallying.

    Sorry if this is too "heavy", but these are my honest thoughts on the subject.
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  10. by   sjoe
    Go to www.cnn.com and check out their poll on this subject.

    UPDATE: They have a new poll up now, so you'll not be able to find that one. Earlier in the day it was running about 74% of the respondents were doing nothing new and didn't plan to do anything new in terms of preparing emergency kits, etc.
    Last edit by sjoe on Feb 20, '03
  11. by   frannybee
    If you want plants for cleaner air, try a Peace Lily (spathiphylum). Hard to kill, recommended by the NASA clean air website and looks great as an added bonus. I realise it's not exactly on topic, but having a few of these around wouldn't hurt if worst came to worst. If nothing else it'll remind you what plants looked like before Bush, Blair, Hussein et al vapourised them.
  12. by   sunnygirl272
    Originally posted by frannybee
    If you want plants for cleaner air, try a Peace Lily (spathiphylum). Hard to kill, recommended by the NASA clean air website and looks great as an added bonus. I realise it's not exactly on topic, but having a few of these around wouldn't hurt if worst came to worst. If nothing else it'll remind you what plants looked like before Bush, Blair, Hussein et al vapourised them.
    poisonous to dogs....
  13. by   maureeno
    living in earthquake land we have had emergency supplies at the ready for years.
    we even keep an old pair of shoes under our beds for wearing to walk over broken glass. but we did not measure plastic sheeting for windows last week and probably will not do so....

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