Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
Sabot L'ours

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The meeting in Espanola was better than I had thought. It was what's called a "Tabletop Exercise" for emergency response preparedness. Basically we have a list of steps to take if something happens to one of our dams. We sit in a room with members of all sorts of other emergency response people and essentially play a role-playing game. It was nothing new to me since I used to be an emergency coordinator for dams controled by the Yuma office. What has changed is the threat. I only had to deal with floods, and the dams were relatively small, so the impacts weren't great. It was the flood itself that caused the havoc, not the failure of the dam.

But now we live in a post-9/11 world.
It was a little disturbing to have one of our damtenders respond to a break-in alarm at a dam only to have the coordinator say, "O.K. you're dead." The terrorists had parked a truck bomb on the dam and left a vial of nerve gas behind to make it look like the water supply had been poisoned. The terrorists then blew up the control house so the gates were inoperable. In related attacks, the terrorists set off fake nuclear blasts at Los Alamos to make it look like a nuclear terrorist attack. Supposidly it is not too difficult to rig an explosion to put out a wonderful mushroom cloud. *sigh* I'm depressed that we have to worry about shit like this. I'm gonna go home and snuggle with my critters.
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