NEW YORK — Even after 9/11 and
Hurricane Katrina, most Americans have a false sense of security when it comes
to their readiness for a natural disaster or major terrorist attack, according
to researchers at Columbia University.
survey by the National Center for Disaster
Preparedness at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health found
that slightly more than half of all families had no plan for what to do in an
emergency like a big hurricane or earthquake. Many of those who did have plans
said they lacked some or all of the items that experts commonly recommend that
people keep on hand for a disaster, including two days of food and water, a
flashlight, spare batteries and a list of key phone numbers.
that if Irene, the storm that recently soaked the East Coast, had turned out to
be a truly powerful hurricane, "EMS and every other emergency service would have
been totally overwhelmed. You wouldn't have been able to make a phone
"If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their
currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that
will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their
children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered...
believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than
standing armies...The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored
to the people, to whom it properly