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Posted on 07/17/2007 7:18:00 PM PDT by blam
Sydney residents 'must carry survival bags'
By Mark Chipperfield in Sydney
Last Updated: 2:12am BST 18/07/2007
The easy-going residents of Australia's biggest city are being urged to carry personal "survival bags" to help them cope with a future terrorist attack or natural disaster.
The Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, says citizens should pack a "Go Bag" containing such essentials as toilet paper, running shoes, spare keys, a torch, disposable gloves, adhesive tape, a transistor radio and sun cream before they leave home each day.
Miss Moore, who has yet to pack her own Go Bag, says it is her duty to warn Sydney's four million residents of the potential dangers that await them.
"Living through the hailstorm [in 1999], I realized how unprepared we were for a catastrophe of that sort," she said.
The city council is distributing 200,000 booklets advising Sydneysiders on how to cope with a terrorist attack, earthquake, flood or other natural disaster. The booklet suggests that people find an "emergency buddy", develop a personal emergency plan and create a contact number on their mobile phones in case they are injured and unable to talk to rescuers.
A council website suggests that in the event of a bombing, earthquake or flood residents should carry their cats in "a cotton pillow case".
The public education campaign, which has been co-funded by the Australian government, has been greeted with skepticism by most Sydneysiders - even from the deputy mayor Chris Harris. "It's purely sensationalist," he said.
"Where are we supposed to go with our Go Bags? With our current public transport system, the roads would be clogged within minutes."
Sydney has already been warned to be on high alert when world leaders arrive in September to attend the 2007 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. The latest announcement has only heightened the sense of fear surrounding that event.
Exactly. That's why you have storage at home.
And please dont forget the 250 rounds of ammunition; the 25-mile-range walkie-talkie(s); $350 - $1,000 cash in mostly 5s and 1s; 2 rolls of quarters; improved first-aid kit; thyroid anti-radiation tablets; carton(s) of cigarettes; pint(s) of scotch or Rebel Yell bourbon; water bag and container; very good knife; space blanket, et cetera, et cetera.
Ah, I see you know the routine. :)
Works for me.
Or pre-’65 junk silver.
Well, it looks like you DO know how.
Lovely picture...I think I’ve seen it somewhere before.
Survival kit contents check. In them you’ll find: one forty-five caliber automatic; two boxes of ammunition; four days’ concentrated emergency rations; one drug issue containing antibiotics, morphine, vitamin pills, pep pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizer pills; one miniature combination Russian phrase book and Bible; one hundred dollars in rubles; one hundred dollars in gold; nine packs of chewing gum; one issue of prophylactics; three lipsticks; three pair of nylon stockings. Shoot, a fella’ could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff.
(Note: If you look at Slim Pickens’ lips during the last line, he actually says Dallas, but given the recent Kennedy assassination, the makers dubbed over Dallas with Vegas. Also was supposed to have its first test screening on November 22nd, 1963, but again because of the Kennedy assassination, release was pushed back to January 1964.)
A map with the backroads routes out marked.
I prefer old US dimes & Quarters (real silver) for small change and Kugerrands for 'heavy lifting.'
BTW, you can buy 'old' silver coins at many coin shops, they're sold by the pound.
A water purifies and water purification tablets and a Nalgene bottle.
Instead of canned food, do the dehydrated stuff like you can buy at camping stores. My kids tell me the eggs and peppers are pretty nasty. Their favorite is pasta in meat sauce. It’s pricey but weighs a lot less than cans.
Don’t you camp?
Course, another solution is to not live in a big city.
If anything big happened there, it wouldn’t affect our little, well armed town more than twenty miles from even a little city.
Needles and thread and safety pins.
Are you a guy?
Ahem, we're sitting here ready for everyone who decides to come out here in a panic.
It wouldn't be worth surviving.
I get the idea.....
I’ve seen two kinds. One is a powder. The other is formed into a sponge-like material. The best part about the sponge-like one is you don’t have to worry about accidentally breathing it.
What kind do you prefer?
A plastic bag would be much more efficient and double as groceries.
The cats or the bags?
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