There is something that has always bothered me about the events on 9/11. When the North Tower was first hit by an airplane, the loudspeaker in the South Tower could clearly be heard telling people to stay where they were. I have often wondered who made that decision, and moreover, why they made it. Isn't preparedness half the battle? So many more lives could have been saved if there had been an orderly evacuation of both towers as soon as the first plane hit. Perhaps if there are any lessons to be learned from 9/11, this is one of them.
Where I work, we have regular seminars in every aspect of emergency preparedness, from earthquakes and fires, to chemical spills, possible terrorist attacks (we have containment level 3 laboratories), to the possibility of violence from clients or co-workers. Nothing is left to chance.
In the past few days there have been several documentaries on television, covering the events of 9/11. It has reminded me what a huge tragedy that event was. The people who lost their lives were just ordinary folks like all of us; they got up in the morning, brushed their teeth, had their morning coffee and went to work ~~ one of the places we all consider safe. And like all of us, they relied on the decisions of other people to keep them safe. But someone made a very unfortunate decision that day ~~ "Stay where you are...You are safe.". As it turned out, the South Tower was the first to fall. Would anyone have know it was also going to be hit by a plane? Probably not. Should they have anticipated that, under the circumstances, something else was going to happen? Yes. That is part of the decision-make process.
I do feel very bad for whomever made that decision. It's something they are going to have to live with for the rest of their lives. What if...? If only...