This is my 100th post to the blog. When I started it three-and-a-half months ago, I wasn’t sure what to expect (ie. would anyone find the blog let alone read it?). It is still very much a work in progress. However, I have been encouraged by all the (mostly positive) feedback I have received — both from the practioners in the field and citizens throughout the U.S. and in other parts of the world. I have been excited and gratified by the interest and involvement of the readers.
So, I thought it would be appropriate for the 100th post to incorporate a terrific reader suggestion, which luckily arrived this week. In an email, Bruce Hennes, a crisis communications consultant from Cleveland asked:
“I write with a request: With the presidential contest going on right now and more competitive House and Senate seats than anytime in the recent decade, it would be very appropriate, I would think, for your readers to pepper candidates for political office with questions about preparedness, especially questions that get the candidates to move beyond the platitudes. I would like to see your blog address that question, perhaps even providing a complete list of those questions.”
Great idea. One objective of this blog is to help get the issue of citizen preparedness discussed in the presidential campaign and then onto the agenda for the next Administration. Yet, as Bruce points out, it is a topic that has not been really addressed thus far in the political debate.
So, in the days to come I will be contacting the campaigns of both Senator Obama and Senator McCain to get their positions and ideas on citizen preparedness and engagement. And I will post the answers on the blog. (Bruce also recommended I put together a list of questions that readers can ask local candidates to find out their ideas on citizen readiness which I will do as well.)
Thank you Bruce for the suggestions. And thanks to everyone who has been reading and contributing to this blog over the past three-and-a-half months. I hope that together we can have a positive impact on the preparedness of the American public.