Working in Washington, DC, one gets used to the sounds of sirens. White House folks needing to be shuffled around the area, along with foreign dignitaries, all of them needing police escorts. It's a wonder we can get any work done at all some days.
Shortly after 9/11, a wonderful service the city provides is email/cell phone alerts. If you sign up you will be alerted to any number of things--bad weather approaching, temporary road closures due to the President moving from one part of the city to another, police activity, other routine road closures due to marches and protesters, and yes, possible terrorist activities. So, I didn't think any of it when I received this email alert a few hours ago:
Street closures due to police activity: NB/SB 14th St Brge to Indep Ave SW, IB 14th St SW HOV lanes, SB 14th St SW - Const Ave SW, WB 12th St & C St SW, WB Indep Ave SW from 12th St SW, SB 15th St SW from Indep Ave SW.
Sent by DC HSEMA to e-mail, pagers, cell phones....powered by Cooper Notification RSAN
- You received this alert because you registered for AlertDC.
Then I found out that an 88 year old man with ties to white supr*macy, walked into the Holocaust Museum with a shotgun and started shooting.