Monday, January 03, 2005

Where do we go from here?

The search for survivors in Southeast Asia has halted in the aftermath of a deadly tsunami that hit Thailand and neighboring islands. Recovery efforts are now underway. Over 140,000 people died or reported missing. Worldwide aid is flooding in for the victims. A few days after the deadly tsunami hit, an article appeared on Yahoo! News. The headline was an outrage. It read, U.S. scientists knew of tsunami, didn't know who to tell. At first I thought it was a headline error. No, apparently not. Scientists were aware that a huge tidal wave was going to hit a country and they didn't know whom to contact. Gee. How about a Thai newspaper; or the Thai government; or how about a fellow scientist in Thailand?; better yet, how about calling the FBI or SOMEONE in the federal government to PASS THE MESSAGE along? Is anyone as outraged as I about this major oversight? It is clear that the Thai government must review and re-evaluate their current disaster plan. Furthermore, perhaps world governments can communicate in a timely manner and care enough to pick up a phone and call someone who can pass the message to someone who has the authority to get it to the right people.

5 Comments:

Blogger Scarlett said...

life in the 21st century is all about choices - chose of email, blogs and web pages, cell phones, pda's etc.

and to think that scientists don't know that, they do in hollywood hype movies.

6:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The tsunami will do southeast asia some good anyway. It will reduce some of the excess population.

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