Today, I am kicking off a new video experiment on the blog. It is the premiere of a feature I’m going to call “What Should We Tell The Public?” I will be asking leading people in the homeland security/emergency management/public health preparedness community for their tips, recommendations, and ideas on what they think it is important that citizens should know and do in order to increase their own, their community’s and their nation’s readiness.
I am lucky that the first subject I asked to participate in the series, Col. Randall Larsen, USAF (Ret.) agreed to do it, because there isn’t a more informed and accomplished commmunicator in the area of preparedness. Among many other credentials, Randy is the host of the public radio show, Homeland Security Inside & Out, which I have written about previously.
In his segment (below), Randy suggests everyone consider keeping a N-95 dust mask and a small head lamp (or other kind of mini-flashlight) with them at all times — he carries them in his briefcase. As Randy points out, both are very light and inexpensive, but potentially can be very useful for a range of possible emergencies which he has experienced first hand.
RANDY LARSEN, “WHAT SHOULD WE TELL THE PUBLIC?”
Randy and I just spent a couple days together as part of a Aspen Institute/Ford Foundation/McCormick Foundation roundtable on homeland security preparedness in Chicago, and we shot this just after yesterday’s session at the University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center. (A regular and practiced media professional, Randy finished his answer exactly at the 60 second mark.)
I hope you like this feature. (though the camera work will be a little iffy in the beginning as I learn how to use the new portable Flip camera I just got as a birthday present from my kids.) I will be collecting and posting all of the segments on the site.
If you have any suggestions on people to interview for this feature, or if you would like to submit a video of your own that I can post, please email me at email@example.com.