Extra “bioterror” training never hurts

A little knowledge can go a long way.

Last year, Western had an anthrax false alarm. Thankfully, we had a plan to deal with such a potential disaster.

We’re glad people at Western are continuing to learn about dealing with problems like preparing for potential nuclear and biological threats.

Though those threats seem far away, no one can be too careful. Being prepared is important.

Last month, Chief Robert Deane attended a seminar about how to deal with nuclear incidents . He’s now encouraging some of his key officers to attend the course. Together, they’ll be able to teach all of the officers in Bowling Green what they have learned.

Deane said it best.

“I want to go on the pretense that we need to know, but hopefully it will never happen, and we’ll never have to really deal with it,” he said.

It’s true. Bowling Green will likely never be the center of a terrorist attack or biological warfare, but anything’s possible these days. It’s better to know just in case.

Similarly, WKU Health Services nurse Patti Banahan, is trying to learn as much about how to identify, isolate and treat bioterrorism victims.

“We want to know that if it does happen that we’re prepared, and that we can do it, and will do it, no matter what it takes,” Banahan said.

There’s enough problems in the world today to worry about. We’re thankful these people and their departments are taking time to learn about issues so we don’t have to worry.

Thanks for watching out for us.

This editorial represents the majority opinion of the Herald’s 10-member board of student editors.