View Full Version : It's Official! Washington Co (MD) says "Get a BOB!"
December 03, 2005, 16:22
There was an article in the local paper (the Herald-Mail) this week that I thought I'd pass on.
The local county Emergency Preparedness Czar, while being asked about his apparent lack of having done diddly squat to update the county's EPP for his entire tenure, responded that he'd revised the volume by tripling the amount of B.U.M.F. contained to include relocating farm animals, but he couldn't remember what else!
Get a BOB.
Funny! The local LEPC didn't think much of mine when I brought it up at a seminar just a few months ago!
I now take this as official approval to start doing what I've always done.
Oh The joy!
Oh the pride!
December 03, 2005, 17:44
Sometimes it is amazing people who get in leadership roles.
And other sheeple want them to 'protect' them/
My BOB is ready.
December 04, 2005, 06:18
Now all you have to do is get the SUIT in the bag!
December 05, 2005, 14:41
Having read your post regarding the validation of "B.O.B.s" by your local EM guru while at the same time sitting here enjoying a glass of fine wine from a country that shall go unnamed and watching it snow, I will offer you this one comment.
Possibly fitting your definition of "Emergency Managagement Czar" myself, I would imagine that your guy's definition of a BOB is considerably different from what you have come to understand.
When confronted with the notion of a BOB, the uninitiated might well think of a collected supply of clothing, bedding, and personal supplies that will be gathered and accompany the "evacuees" to a designated shelter. Absent from inclusion will be all manner of things that can go BOOM, edged "instruments", camo, and other related items.
Most EMs will not openly address personal protection issues - issues that continue to surface whenever a sizable emergency "event" occurs. The local media has attempted to corner me personally regarding the "firearms" issue during emergencies for "personal" protection of body and property and I have had to respond in a PC manner due to the fact that I have grown fond of eating on a regular basis and I need the job. I have relagated personal protection to the "personal choice" category offically.
December 05, 2005, 17:14
I think we've kind of been here before!
My BOB is in 2 separate & distinct parts, for just the reasons you mention.
There's the "Socially acceptable" part, which in reality is probably the more likely one to be used. The only military aspect of this one is the ALICE pack it comes in.
If the local twit (who A: hasn't revised, or viewed the plan. B: can't remember whats in the plan. C: thinks we should be rushing off to WalMart for chafing dishes & fondue pots, while his experts herd barnyard animals to safety) takes exception to water, food, first aid supplies, clothing, and a means of cooking and consuming that food & water then he's MUCH worse than I think he is.
Again rushing off to the woods, looking like GI Joe, and armed to the teeth is not a major part of any planning I have made. It's just an extreem contingency plan, to be used as a last resort if the circumstances warrant it.
As ther is a prediction for 8~12" of snow either tonite, or to-morrow early, I took my "Socially acceptable" part in to work today. The only comment I recieved was that I was well prepared.
Pleae understand this: I'm not a nut job who is just waiting for some horrible disaster so I can rush off into the wilderness to live the simple life. I just learned by travelling round about 1/2 the world that sometimes theres no substitute for self reliance.
December 06, 2005, 15:05
Yeah, this may be going back over plowed ground - I can't remember. Chalk it up to advancing years and that dang imported vino. :smile:
I hope your snow storm turned out like mine - a non-event.
December 06, 2005, 16:19
Definately a non-event here, but they got 4" over the other side of the mountain.
Nothing wrong with good French (oops I said it) wine! I lived on "Leigoaire" in the plastic 2 liter flip top bottle when I lived there.
I think it's the Parisians that give France a lousy reputation. I lived in Gay Paree for about 18 months, and hated most of it, mainly because of the superior attitude of the Parisians. After I moved to a small town 11 Km from the Belgian border I found the people very friendly & an absolute delight.
It's kind of like judging the whole USA from a bunch of New York City yuppies.
December 06, 2005, 19:01
I visited Paris a few years ago and absolutely loved it. But we been over all this frog bashing before....LOL! However, it is really their government and in recent times their new immigrants that suck. All the Parisians I met were very gracious to me and mine(except the Maitre' d at a restraunt where I had to get a case of the severe reda$$ to get noticed and served - which they did promptly - prob spitting in the food!! :eek: ) in spite of me and my 5 year old running around w/o speaking a bit of the language. We just ate the food like starving food critics and loved all the sites and were treated very respectfully!
But i think yer right brownknees it is really their govt and the Parisians that give em such a bad rep.
December 06, 2005, 20:03
Did someone ask for BOB?
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