Living several blocks from the U.S. Capitol, I pay attention to emergency preparedness issues.
For years, local police have told me that because of all the overlapping jurisdictions in the nation's capital, there would be chaos during a major emergency.
And now a D.C. police report on last September's mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard — several blocks from my house in the other direction — says communication problems among federal and local authorities complicated the search for the gunman.
The Washington Post says:
"The report echoes some problems raised after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, including the inability of all responders to talk to each other over their radios. Although some kinks have been worked out in recent years, such massive, multilayered responses are still difficult."
So we residents need to prepare to be on our own, as first responders try to figure out what's going on in an emergency.