What’s Left?

Jan 18th, 2018 | By | Category: Opinion

Last Saturday, Jan. 13th, the state of Hawaii was rocked by a missile launch alert which stated “this is not a drill.” Tourists and residents alike were terrorized – as you might imagine – and didn’t know what to do. It took 38-minutes before a correction was issued for the “fake” missile inbound alert which was issued due to the fault of an employee pushing the wrong button. I can’t even imagine being about your normal day and receiving that message. Even here on the mainland, I don’t know what I would do. I have no plan and I doubt that our Emergency Services people have a plan. Being somewhat pessimistic of surviving a nuclear missile strike, I would probably just call friends and family and profess my love and essentially say goodbye. That is exactly what many Hawaiians did last Saturday. But my point is, don’t we need to know if there is anything we can do? Back when I was a kid, we had the Cuban missile crisis and everyone carried a supply of food and first aid supplies in the trunk of their cars so they would have it if we were issued a warning and sent to a “bomb shelter.” We had one of those in my neighborhood in No. Little Rock. I doubt that we would have survived if we had been hit by a missile back then but at least it made us feel like we were doing what we could. My mother was even trained in civil defense and would have been one of the people who helped everyone in the event of a missile launch in our area. I sure hope it doesn’t ever come to that but I do wish we would prepare for something like that – in the event that there is really anything we could do to survive. I feel so sorry for the Hawaiians! What a terrible thing to experience – but thankfully it was an accident of message and not of a nuclear attack. Hope you are enjoying the snow! Stay warm! Go to your happy place! See you next week!