Issues of Terrorism
The most inevitable disaster in this scenario and perhaps the most critical in the circumstances described is that people in the oncoming train that gets ripped apart will be critically injured at worse and or die at worst. With the understanding that the train actually gets shattered, then chances of survival in such a condition are extremely minimal. If there were people inside the train, then some considerable numbers of deaths are ultimately expected. Depending on the number of passengers, this can then become a disheartening experience because so many people will die and this will automatically become a crisis for the country and will prove trying, especially for the authorities who are supposed to be effective and reliable custodians of protection against threats that are terrorist-instigated or otherwise. Another possible incidence that would have occurred in this incidence is that the explosion in the station would also have caused fatal injuries and deaths as well. The fact that the Waldorf Station also experienced the explosion implies that the officers in the station will experience some reasonable moment of disorganization, which may lead to delays in the effort of trying to respond to the emergency. This is likely to incapacitate the response time and could lead to worsening of the disaster. The crowd is in panic mood and the effects of panic can catch up with it which can also be distressing. Panic can cause incidences like heart attacks which can often lead to sudden death. Considering all these possibilities in entirety presents a horrible disaster due to the explosions.
The first most prudent action to take in this scenario is to contact the emergency police unit with instructions that they must report to the scene immediately with necessary equipment for such incidents. It is important to notice that the emergency unit will subsequently need to report the incidence to the antiterrorism police unit who must also be present at the scene. This is according to the current U.S. policy on terrorism as detailed by the homeland security and NRP presidential directives (U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 2009). The emergency response police will need to come with necessary emergency tools for first aid so as to attend to urgent and critical cases. Next will be to ensure that the crowd clears away from the scene of the incident so as to avoid other multiplicative consequences as a result of panic. The antiterrorism analysis department will also need to be informed and be advised that the incidence was definitely implemented by a terrorist group. It will be advisable for the disaster coordinator/Incident commander to ensure that the very demanding cases of victims requiring first aid assistance could be attended to first since some first aid steps can always be undertaken without necessarily having to employ any sophisticated equipment. Another useful action to carry out is that of reassuring the people in panic that everything has been taken care of and that relevant police units have been notified and that they are on the way coming quickly to arrest the situation. Upon implementation of these actions, the first phase of disaster response will have been successfully executed and the next phase will be taken over by the police units in line with their various capacities and roles. The appropriate media response for this incidence will be to inform the public of what has transpired, but then ensure that the public is assured that the police have taken charge of the situation and there is no need to worry because the disaster will be speedily managed.
Political leaders seldom give attention to the heavy cost implication when addressing sensitive maters of security and war on terrorism. This is a big mistake because these factors are important policy elements due to the demanding financial requirements that cannot be ignored. The six steps used in implementing the LLC methodology include determination of capability elements, identification and characterization of capability components, cost model development, annualizing of the cost model and identification of cost drivers and finally, linking of the model to targets and levels of the nation(Dimitrov & Robert, 2009). The strength of this model is that it articulates the levels of planning and considerations that must be undertaken in order to have a perfect management of national security. It clearly outlines the areas that must be addressed like cost and the vital connection to the comprehensive set targets, goals and objectives of the nation. This then gives the politicians an easy time whenever addressing issues of terrorism from the onset of conception, planning and implementation. However, this model does not make a provision for flexibility in the event of occurrences that are off the predictable components. This stands out as a vivid area of weakness on the model. There needs to be a step that provides for deep thought and implementation of a matching emergency cost measure that is logically connected but technically detached from the LLC platform. This could be as a result of threats in neighboring countries and how their security threats impact on the overall strategy adopted by the political system.
There is rarely any decision that does not bear cost variables be it in family, business or politics. The political leadership thus needs to always take extra caution whenever handing security issues. This is informed by the reality that when it comes to terrorism and other related security threats to the country, politicians cannot afford to take a chance in handling the situations on a shallow basis. In fact, conditions of security must be given priority under any setting. Without security, there is no nation, business nor active population. People will always have a sense of comfort and belonging when they are sure that their security is well taken care of by the authorities. Such a feeling gives them the drive to be active in their occupations, knowing that they do not have to worry about their security because the authorities have it well handled. The political leadership therefore carries the demanding and sensitive role of monitoring the security with an aim to always take note of any imminent threat from terrorism and other sources; so as to execute a counteractive move. To achieve this, the LLC model becomes useful for the political leadership.
In conclusion, preparation against disasters from causes like terrorism is significant to the nation and must be adopted by the political leaders. When everything is fine, such a measure may sound ridiculous and a waste of time plus resources, in fact boring indeed. However, its usefulness becomes clear later. Sadly, the clarity often sets in after a disastrous incident takes place and people develop the general feeling that it could have been prevented. To avoid disasters that can be strategically prevented through execution of theoretical management techniques, it is imperative that the leaders in their political capacity put in place mechanisms that prepare for such occurrences. To do this effectively, it will be equally crucial never to neglect the element of cost without which implementation becomes impossible.