Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Safely tucked into their beds

The province's emergency czar says it's readiness at the household level that will get people through a medical, natural or civil crisis.

"We have to get people to buy into their self-preservation and the things they could do to look after themselves -- or they become a burden on an already overburdened system," said Julian Fantino, Ontario's commissioner of emergency management.
Is the former Chief of the London Police force suggesting people should be forced to stock up on cannned food and bottled water? Shall a law be passed, permitting the police to inspect your home yearly to ensure you have the appropriate amount of rations on hand? Although it might not be a bad idea to stock up on essentials considering the Liberals' refusal to give up power - meaning a crisis is likely just around the corner - self-preservation becomes rather difficult when you are forced to dole out your hard earned income to support "an already overburdened system."


Paul said...

I would read this as a denial of responsibility. Just as we are legally obliged to have a working smoke detector, there is no "enforcement" until after the fact: if we have a fire, and do not have a working smoke detector, our insurance companies will let themselves off the hook.

I fear this preparedness measure may be of the same ilk: if we have a disaster, but do not have our own rations at the ready, this could be a way to allow us to suffer (and perhaps die) without due recourse.

MapMaster said...

That's an interesting and possibly accurate assessment, I would think. I can't see the government going to the trouble of inspecting peoples' emergency readiness. But a safety valve for their responsibilities might be in order — from the sound of things, governments in Canada are not terribly well-prepared for crises or security.

It's not a bad reminder, though, that people shouldn't really expect that the government will be able to provide comprehensive protection in the case of an emergency. Better off depending on your own devices.

Lisa said...

Not only is this a denial of responsibility, but further excuse to collect public trough dollars for public awareness campaigns and the like. This of course leaves me with less to spend on bottled water and canned food.

When the crisis hits, there surely won't be any of that public money available to deal with it. It's either been spent employing bureaucrats and printing posters or been entrusted to third world countries.