In the spirit of Thanksgiving, here's a quick list of things (with a public safety bent) I am particularly thankful for...
- We live in a country with an open election process. For all its flaws our system is basically sound and gives us a voice in how our country is run. 1.6 Billion people, or 23% of the world’s population have no say in how they are governed. See the infographic below from livescience.com
- In contrast to many countries of the world, our rate of violent deaths is relatively low, and especially considering the very suspect statistical reporting of many countries, our population lives in relative safety from violence. When you consider the extremely low rate of deaths from accidents/fires/falls, etc., the United States is one of the safety countries in which to live. This cool tool lets you compare and see death rates and various causes across the globe.
- We have a national emergency communication system. We sometimes take for granted the fact that we can pick up any phone, dial 9-1-1, and get help immediately. This is not the case in many countries around the world. There may not be a number to call, there might not be anyone ready to answer 24x7, and the response time could be hours or require you to tell them how much you are willing to pay for them to come to your aid.
- We have caring, hard working and dedicated individuals protecting us – in law enforcement, fire, EMS, emergency preparedness, public health and the military. For this, I am most thankful, because without those folks the other items in my list would not be possible.