2005-01-14 / Editorial/Opinion

Back To The Past For Disaster Protection

In the past, sirens were utilized to warn local residents of impending disaster – first in World War II in case of air raids and later, during the Cold War, to warn of nuclear attack. With the end of the war and the demise of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics the sirens went silent either rusted away or were removed. In the light of recent events in South Asia, however, it becomes clear that Rockaway might one day be subjected once again to an impending disaster – be it a raging nor’easter or an overpowering Tsunami. In either of those cases or in any other number of scenarios, Rockaway residents, tied closely to the shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean, would need lots of warning to be prepared to button up or to evacuate to higher ground. That is where the sirens come in. Not everybody listens constantly to the radio or watches television. The blaring siren could warn people that something is afoot and that they should tune in to radio or television to find out just what that something is and how they need to respond. We have often made light of doomsday predictions by locals who say that Rockaway will one day disappear under the “100-year storm” or under a tsunami triggered by a volcano thousands of miles away. After what happened just weeks ago, we can no longer joke about the options.

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