War Emergency Preparation
When The World Goes To War
A war is possibly the last thing anybody would want to live to
experience. The world has already been a witness to several wars. As
students, we have studied different wars and how the people during
those times have lived. War times are definitely not good times.
Recently, different parts in the world have gone to war. We see
different war footages on television and notice how the number of
casualties exponentially rises up. Although almost everybody realize
that there are no victors in wars, we canít seem to totally eliminate
the prospect of having to go to war.
Somebody famous once said, if we want peace, we have to prepare for
war. But as mere civilians, we donít have that much power to largely
make a difference during war times. The most we could probably do is to
prepare ourselves, if in case war breaks out suddenly.
Just like in preparing for natural calamities, we need to stock as much
food and water as possible. Equally important are pieces of cloth that
we could use to cover our mouth and nose, and sunglasses for our eyes
as protection against dust particles brought about by bombings and the
On a larger scale, the government planning to involve in a war should
have prepared emergency underground facilities. These facilities would
contain grain silos and medical stockpiles. Civilians and injured
soldiers are usually housed in one of these underground facilities.
Large cities in the United States have several underground centers that
they could use during war emergency situations. Examples of these are
the underground facilities near major railroads.
Aside from gun and ammo, the government should also equip themselves
with machineries such as truck transportable bridges, mobile
refineries, mobile decontamination services, and water purification
systems. Other amenities such as petroleum supply are especially
reserved for times of war.
Of course, the government will have to organize effective cooperation
between its different civil services. The police, healthcare service,
fire service and other public utility providers are expected to work
together to ensure that civilians get as much protection as possible.
Sometimes, able bodies might be requested to undergo special training
programs to help protect the rest of the civilians.
War is such a large scale event that as individuals and small
communities, we could only do so much. Most of the preparations
involved are left to the national government and international security
institutions. As citizens, we will be left with no choice but to follow
where the government leads us in times of war. Collective effort is
very important for survival.
Probably the most effective way of preparing for war is to disseminate
information effectively and rapidly. Information on self-protection
should be disseminated to the public. Concerned international
authorities will also be able to benefit from information sharing. A
large pool of information resources will be helpful for both parties,
and would allow them to hopefully come into an agreement even before
war could eventually break out.
Because of high technology, which greatly affects how the world goes to
war, preparing for war is getting more and more complicated. We already
have nuclear, chemical and biological weapons which can wipe out a
continent within a few minutes. High walled palaces made of stone which
used to protect early civilizations from war are not enough anymore
with the severity of the damage which these weapons can cause.