Don’t Freak Out: It’s Just a Drill

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‘Lotus #37′
courtesy of ‘Chris Rief aka Spodie Odie’

Tomorrow morning between 7:30 and 8:30, or, as we know it the heart of rush hour, WMATA will be conducting a terrorism drill in a crowded Metro station. So, don’t freak out if you see the bomb squad or a series of K-9 officers in your Metro station tomorrow morning.

Now, I understand it’s not really a good drill if you announce all the particulars ahead of time, but is needlessly burdening an already overburdened system in the name of preparedness a good idea? Why can’t you do this sort of drill at 10am instead of right in the middle of rush? Is rush hour a real necessity here?

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11 thoughts on “Don’t Freak Out: It’s Just a Drill

  1. I’m not one to fear monger. But do you think terrorists would wait till 10am? If we’re going to burden the system with a drill, at least make it worth the trouble.

  2. Thanks Crystal! Doesn’t it drive you nuts when they make those annoying announcements warning us not to run or jump or play on the escalators, and you look around and there’s clearly nobody likely to do that, at least not on the Orange line during rush hour? And those piercing chimes! I cringe every time I hear them. There’s no place on the platform to escape them. Guess I gotta wear earbuds like everyone else.

  3. Marilyn_Res and Crystal, please meet each other at 6PM at the dupont circle north exit. you have to have a copy of the onion to identify yourselves. if you feel like you want to, you will.

    best blind date ever

  4. I’m with Jordan. It’s easy for me to say since I won’t be on Metro tomorrow morning at rush hour, but I think I’d prefer them to practice at the time of day (and with the crowd levels) that a terrorist would be more likely to attack in the unlikely event it would ever happen. It’s going to be a lot harder to move around 3,000 scared people at 8 a.m. than 30 of them at 10 a.m. and I think it’s better to be prepared.

  5. Hey Crystal, would love to meet but my son’s got a basketball game this afternoon. Maybe another time? ps I made it to work without having to participate in any terrorism drill this morning. Dodged the bullet!

  6. If they answered your intended-to-be-rhetorical final question with a “yes” would you feel as stupid as you should? Don’t worry, that one’s rhetorical too.