What we witnessed today was probably one of the biggest breakdowns in emergency preparedness management we’ve ever seen. Here we have a country that spends billions upon billions of dollars on Homeland Security, supposedly to protect us from things like bio-terror attacks, and then you have a government who allows an Ebola infected patient to travel right through highly-populated areas of Atlanta, without protecting the public or shutting down the roads.
I know, the CDC tells us there is no risk to the public. “This is not an airborne virus.”
Well, what if some nutjob had tried to go after the ambulance? We have a world full of people who thrive off of chaos, and after 9/11 there were supposed to be security protocols put in place to protect us from those people. But what we witnessed this morning on TV seemed to be a major breakdown in those protocols.
How could our government not have some sort of military, of DHS escort for this patient? Why were the roadways on the way to the hospital allowed to remain open?
When you’re dealing with such a highly publicized event, one where you’re transporting someone with a highly infectious disease that’s never been seen on this Continent, you would think security would be of utmost importance. It wouldn’t have taken much for some lone wacko, or some crazy terrorist group to simply hijack this ambulance and create all sorts of panic throughout the country.
It was absolutely shocking to see this ambulance driving down normal roads, stopping at red lights, without even a simple police escort around the ambulance. (Yes, there probably was some sort of escort in the area or behind the ambulance, but that would have done little to protect it when it’s sitting at red lights in the middle of traffic.)
This is their JOB to consider worse case scenarios and then prepare for them.
The CDC keeps telling Americans that it’s safe to bring these two infected patients into the United States, despite the fact that we’ve never had a case of Human Ebola anywhere in the Western Hemisphere. But after hundreds of security lapses at the CDC over the last couple of months, and now witnessing what can only be described as a bad episode of the Twilight Zone, I think someone in our government needs to start asking how prepared the CDC actually is to protect this country from infectious disease.