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Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 10/14/2011

DeMorning Links: Gimme shelter-in-place

Post-earthquake gridlock (JASON REED - REUTERS)
Terrorism. Ice storm. Earthquake. In every case, workers flooded out of downtown at once, clogging roads for hours and leading officials to suggest that staying put for some period of time would be preferable. But not fleeing in the face of disaster, of course, goes against human nature, and a D.C. Council hearing Thursday made it clear that it’s unclear who would order a “shelter-in-place” and if that decision could be made with the required haste. Note that it took D.C. about a half-hour to send an alert even acknowledging the August quake took place. More on the hearing from Examiner and WTTG-TV. Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) challenged federal officials to get their acts together, calling the earthquake “a perfect proxy for a terrorist attack,” according to Roll Call.

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