Jewish World Review Sept. 23, 2003 / 26 Elul, 5763
What a hurricane can teach
us about dealing with
Both involve potentially catastrophic
damage, and yet when we're properly prepared
for a hurricane the damage is significantly
minimized, as was the case with Hurricane
YES, THERE was damage. Yes, there were deaths,
but considering the strength of the winds and the fury of
water, the damage was far less severe than it might have
In a way, we now have to treat the threat of terror like
a possible hurricane. We have to get as much intelligence as
possible to get a sense of where and when it may hit. And
then we have to know how to act.
When it comes to hurricanes, we have a firm system in
place-warnings, preparations, evacuations. Israel, for
example, has that sort of system in place for terror. It
doesn't mean they escape unscathed, but they sure save a
lot of lives. It hit me as I watched the orderly preparations
for Isabel that we need a better, more specific system in
place to warn of possible terror. The color-coded system
means almost nothing.
Most people have come to ignore the distinction
between orange, a high risk, and yellow or elevated. There
are going to be times terror hits without warning like some
tornadoes. But other times, there will have been warnings
and like an oncoming hurricane, we need to better
understand what to do with that information.
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