Too little, too late!
is a response to the University administration's plan
18) to deal with a possible terrorist strike,
near or inside of the Penn community. I, as a staff
member, find this letter too little, too late. Why?
It seems that the University did not want to inform
us in the beginning of this on September 11, 2001
when the World Trade Center was brought down by terrorists
and the continued threat to harm or kill more people
by Al-Qaeda and their Cell members in this country.
Yet President Judith Rodin and her administration
has a plan in place to evacuate her staff if there
is an attack near the Penn campus. It seems that the
rest of us are on our own.
have always thought that the faculty and the staff
and even the students should be better prepared to
deal with a potential attack, yet nothing was done
about it. How come the administration has not conducted
any type of "Training" to deal with a potential
emergency? It would be a good idea, a training program
is warranted. The Department of Homeland Security
has informed all employers to help prepare an Emergency
Plan for its employees and to inform them not only
by a "Website" but to conduct seminars also.
They do it for other matters, why not emergency planning?
is always the same story, if there is a serious problem
developing, it is time to rely on oneself to make
the decisions and take charge, but this Emergency
Plan is too little too late. It is up to us to make
the best out of a situation instead of relying on
those who finally "Wake-up" out of their
sleep and tell us, the staff, faculty and students
that Penn has an "Emergency Plan."
Charles F. King, Jr. Employee,
Out welcomes reader contributions.
Short, timely letters on
University issues will
be accepted by Thursday at
noon for the following Tuesday's
issue, subject to right-of-reply
notice of intention to submit
is appreciated. --Eds.
Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 24, March 4, 2003