Survive Hurricane Obama: Lie Under a Table!
The crowds will be large, historic, overwhelming--whether it's 4 million who descend on Washington for the inaugural, as Mayor Adrian Fenty first predicted, or a mere 1 million as some are now saying, the event promises to be one of the largest ever. So how does a mere area resident prepare for the onslaught?
Let's let the Arlington County Office of Emergency Management's e-alert system take it from here (emphasis ours):
To prepare for this event, pretend a hurricane is coming during that weekend and expect large crowds, congestion, traffic and many delays. Getting around will be difficult at best so a common sense approach will be important. Be informed, make a plan, be prepared.
Pretend a hurricane is coming?! Unfortunately, the e-alert doesn't exactly spell out what that means. But we here at Inauguration Watch want to be sure you survive the inaugural so we looked up some of FEMA's hurricane survival tips:
If you get caught in a hurricane, follow these FEMA guidelines: Stay away from windows and glass doors. Close all interior doors - secure and brace external doors. Keep curtains and blinds closed. Don't be fooled by the eye of the storm. Stay in a small interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level. Lie under a table or other sturdy object.
Thanks Arlington County!
David A Nakamura
January 8, 2009; 5:20 PM ET
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