Addressing the Survivors

The government and their corporate partners have devoted big funds to catastrophe management.  Since 2002, the mental hygiene of fear-stricken survivors, disposal of the dead, and large-scale aftermath logistics have been given priority status.  This agenda courses vigorously under the city streets, as though in a secret river, ready to well-up when called upon.

While studying the quiet surge of risk communication, I bumped into Barbara Reynolds.  Ms. Reynolds is an international crisis communication consultant who has worked for the CDC (Center for Disease Control) since 1991.  Her shrewd advice is for those who step up to the microphone after catastrophes and address the surviving crowd.

Beginning with Robert A. Jensen’s Mass Fatality and Casualty Incidents — A Field Guide, published in 2000, the disaster preparedness community has gone into overdrive.  This has been a silent under-current for obvious reasons.  But every small town police and fire department knows about it.

I phoned Robert A. Jensen’s office after tracking him down through his editor.  He now heads Kenyon International Emergency Services, Inc.  His office phone number in Houston, Texas, is (281) 872-6074.

Jenson’s book is full of New World Order buzz-words like “global, robust, multi-discipline, compliance, solutions, key, etc.”  These words are “key” in identifying publications that are in “compliance” with the New World Order.  Jensen had loads of help writing his book.  It is boring beyond your wildest dreams, but will attract the morbidly-curious.  The timing of when it hit the streets is pivotal.  From what I could see, it is the first book in a dam-break of others that followed on the heels of 9/11.

On 15 May 2009 at 10:50 a.m.,  I attempted to ask Jensen a few questions about his book.  His administrative assistant, Joella, told me that he does not speak to “small media players.”

My main question for Mr. Jensen was what inspired him to publish his book just before 9/11?  Let me sum up Joella’s response thusly:  they weren’t touching that one with a ten foot pole.

Publishing houses have turned out an avalanche of similar manuals.  The emergency medical community crackles with excitement that their claim to fame might be around the next corner.  What’s funny about these jokers is their cocky attitudes.  Like none of these tragedies can ever happen to them.  Or something.

The Internet pulse of the mobile mortuary community exhibits the same attitude.  These avid toe-taggers are among DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Teams, and other such road-kill aficionados.  Their literature is a frenzy of racing readiness.  Their cold-fingered teams of carrion collectors are primed for mass casualties on a global scale.  The pretext, of course, for all this preparation is “an act of terrorism.”

The Israeli’s even have a new wave of medical expertise they call “terror medicine.”  Not a surprise that such a genre would crank out of their hornet’s nest.  Complete with lurid photographs of human remains from explosive devices attributed to extremists, militants, insurgents, Palestinian fanatics, Muslim this, Muslim that, the usual stuff.

They even feature a patient whose face, they claim, was bashed in by a rock on page 353 of Essentials of Terror Medicine by Shmuel C. Shapira and others (Springer Science & Business Media, New York, 2009).  The photo punctuates a section on stone-throwing and how this method of “terrorism” is used against Israeli soldiers.  Where are the pictures of the injured Israeli soldiers then?  The patient on page 353 does not look like an Israeli soldier.  It could be anybody.  From anywhere.  And that injury could have been caused by anything.

Sticks and stones may hurt me then.  What about white phosphorus, Shmuel?  I don’t see a section dealing with those injuries.  Nor do I see the forensic proof on page 353 of who that victim is, nor of what caused her injury.  Not a shred of proof, Shmuel.  All I got is your word.  I’m gonna need more scientific evidence before I buy that one.  Get back at me. You can leave a comment on my blog with a link to the forensic evidence that substantiates your claims.

Back to Babs.  Barbara S. Reynolds, BA, MA (CDC/OEC), is the author of the 2002 book Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication and teaches CDC’s course by the same title.  She’s a real piece of work.  I would love to get an interview with her.  None of my questions to Ms. Reynolds have been answered.  I doubt if she wants to speak or correspond with me.  Boy am I full of questions for her.

She appears to be a public relations mob-psychology analyst.  Her focus is how to keep the herd calm after they smell blood and sense chaos.   Her aim is to teach emergency personnel how to keep a herd from stampeding long enough to get them on the cattle cars.

Quarantine and forced vaccination are discussed and how to gently tell survivors that is where they will be going.  Biological terrorism tops their list of possibilities.  The implication is that after any NBCRE (nuclear, biological, chemical, radiological or explosive) “event,” the establishment need only yell terrorism to explain away atrocities of any stripe.  Thanks to 9/11, the stage is set and the sky is the limit.

This new gadget from MicroDose hints at the direction they are going with future medicine and how they want to give it to you.

Reynolds stresses the importance of stakeholders, how they should be addressed early in the bedlam and kept apprised during the clean-up process.  Much text is devoted to finessing the egos of stakeholders.

I wrote Barbara Reynolds and others at the CDC in February 2009 with the following questions concerning the Reynolds lecture circuit to which I received no response:

1.  Based on Ms. Reynold’s briefings to public and academic medical staff, there comes a dark implication that the truth is not paramount when addressing “frightened people.”  Ms. Reynolds wrote that when speaking to the public, viz. “frightened people won’t get nuances so give it straight,” and in Judging the Message, “trusted source — can’t fake these.”  Why would Reynolds put forth directives like these?

2.  How does Barbara Reynolds profess what she does about post-trauma victim mentality?

3.  Has Barabara Reynolds experienced catastrophes (i.e. military combat, Hurricane Katrina, victimization, etc.)?

4.  Please explain Reynolds’ professed knowledge of “what do people feel inside when a disaster looms or occurs.”  Was Ms. Reynolds ever a victim of similar disasters?

5.  Why is it critical that first-responders also be first in announcing official public relations information?

6.  Why is empathy and credibility an issue when they should both be a given?

7.  Why should activities of the media be considered when making announcements to catastrophe survivors?     ********////////end of text

I think Barbara Reynolds is out to teach first responders how to get their lie straight.  How to sync-up with the media and make sure that they announce the same company line.  The thrust of the text and briefings seems to say:  Be careful not to give away the grim reality with body language while you’re standing in front of cameras.  No whispering.  Keep quiet unless you are the spokesperson.  Be mindful of facial expressions.  These can give away what you are trying to hide from the public.

Reynolds stresses, “Frightened people don’t want to hear big words.”  She advises, “Meet with your partners and write a plan…” That should help them keep the story straight.  The whole thing seems like a primer on effective lying.  How to keep people in the dark and corral them toward an agenda.

To get a feel for this quiet, but rabid undercurrent,

visit the following links (but be aware that my linkage to other web sites has been disabled by the WordPress Cheka, so just copy/paste the address into your URL window)

What you will note is how the government seeks to lighten the load on FEMA & Co. by getting you to “pack a lunch and water bottle.”  The idea is to have you studied-up on how to fend for yourself, your pets and your family during the panic phase — when or if things get ugly.  The monstrous, corporate government, however, does not sink this much money into getting ready for if’s.  Or at least they didn’t in the 20 years that I worked for them.


** to mitigate the burden on first responders and global medical staffs, the following web freebie is offered for the “self-starters, do-it-yourself’ers, EMT/nurse & doctor wanna-be’s” who will, according to Dr. Craig’s scenario, help drag their own crosses to another Golgotha.

(See my previous coverage on Dr. Craig and his gaggle of blood & guts enthusiasts at my other rockin’ blog,


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