Representative of Homeland Security sees L.A. Cyclists Playing Vital Role in Emergencies

Sean Kaldahl of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security wants L.A
Cyclists to show the city that bicycles should be a major part of
emergency preparedness.

Published June 15th, 2006 by C.I.C.L.E.

By Liz Elliott

This afternoon I spoke with Sean Kaldahl of the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security. Sean had called because he is looking to get
cyclists involved in Emergency Preparedness and is inviting L.A.
cyclists to attend The Congress of Neighborhoods convention on June
17th from 7:30AM to 3:00PM at the LA Convention Center. This
years  convention will focus on EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS — related to
both natural (earthquakes, avian flu outbreak) and man-made disasters
(Terrorism). Breakfast, Lunch, free
parking and translation will be available.

Sean is an avid cyclist himself, and considers cyclists to be a large responsible
group of citizens who would be extremely valuable in an emergency situation.
He understands that we have an advantage over those who depend on cars
and public transportation for their mobility, especially when it comes
to disasters. He worries about the potential of  a great number of
L.A. citizens being immobilized during a catastrophic event. Bicycles are an ideal way of transporting emergency supplies and medical
aid to those who can not be reached by emergency vehicles, and a great way to transport those who are hurt to hospitals or
temporary emergency shelters and medical units. He would really like to encourage the cyclists that will be attending the workshops held that day to speak out about the
important role bicycles can play during such times.

Sean originates from North Carolina and will be stationed in Los
Angeles for the next two months. Besides missing his fianc