Today, I am kicking off a new video experiment on the blog. It is the premiereÂ of a feature I’m going to call “What Should We Tell The Public?” I will be asking leadingÂ people in the homeland security/emergency management/public health preparedness community for their tips, recommendations, and ideas on what theyÂ think it is important thatÂ citizens should know andÂ do inÂ orderÂ to increase their own, their community’s and their nation’s readiness.
IÂ am lucky that theÂ first subjectÂ I asked to participate in the series, Col. RandallÂ Larsen,Â USAFÂ (Ret.)Â agreed to do it, because thereÂ isn’tÂ a moreÂ informed andÂ accomplished commmunicator in the area ofÂ preparedness. Among many other credentials, Randy is the host of theÂ public radio show,Â Homeland Security Inside & Out, which IÂ have written about previously.Â
In his segment (below), Randy suggests everyone considerÂ keeping a N-95Â dust mask andÂ aÂ small head lamp (or other kind of mini-flashlight) with them at all times — he carries themÂ inÂ his briefcase.Â As Randy points out, bothÂ are very light andÂ inexpensive,Â but potentially can be very useful for a range of possible emergencies whichÂ heÂ has experienced first hand.
RANDY LARSEN, “WHAT SHOULD WE TELL THE PUBLIC?”
Randy and I just spent a couple days together as part of aÂ 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 theÂ camera work will be a little iffyÂ in the beginningÂ as I learn how to useÂ the newÂ portable Flip cameraÂ I just gotÂ as a birthday present from my kids.) I will be collecting and posting all ofÂ the segmentsÂ on the site.
If you have any suggestions on people toÂ interview for this feature, or if youÂ would like to submit a video of your own that I can post, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.