Saturday, September 09, 2006


8 Hours to Escape America!! 9/11+5

For Immediate Release: Contact: Jim Ellinger
September 9, 2006 (512) 796-4332

8 Hours to Escape America!

Join Jim Ellinger and “The World’s Most Dangerous Blonde” for their annual “Run For The Border” on the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Ellinger and crew will leave Austin, Texas on Sunday, September 10th and travel to an undesignated country south of the continental US in a rehearsal of a prepared evacuation of the country following another terrorist attack and/or natural disaster in the States. Their goal is to be prepared to leave the US on eight hours notice. They will have prepared maps, rendezvous points, vehicles, border crossings, etc. They will take with them equipment and provisions including medical supplies and gear, radio/communications and surveillance gear, maps and listings of local services and resources, food/water/chocolate, alternative/supplemental power sources, tools, etc.

According to the Washington Post, 30% of Americans do not know what year the 9/11 attacks occurred. The November, 2004 edition of Texas Monthly featured a report, “Attack Here,” that stated “most security experts agree the Houston Ship Channel is one of America’s top targets.” The August, 2006 issue of Harper’s “Imagine There's No Oil, Scenes from a Liberal Apocalypse” reports on the growth of the so-called Peak Oil Movement.

In Richard A. Clarke’s “Ten Years Later,” cover story in the January/February, 2005 The Atlantic Monthly, he theorizes on al-Qaeda’s possible future terrorist attacks on the US infrastructure. These include attacks against the internet, subways, chemical plants, shipping containers, civilian aircraft, etc. In his description of “attacks on shopping centers and malls,” Clarke makes mention of a conceivable scenario that would include “attacks aimed at New Year’s Eve festivities on Sixth Street in Austin…”

Ellinger is widely known for his community media work, including most recently “What It Feels Like to Be Run Over By the FEMA PR Machine;” the battle to provide radio services to the thousands of Katrina evacuees in the Houston Astrodome. He has previously served as PR Director of Austin Community Television, Communications Director of the Austin Music Network, Membership/PR Director of Wheatsville Food Co-op, Founder of KOOP Radio, Producer/Host of “Austin Airwaves” and radio columnist for the Austin Chronicle.

Since 9/11, Ellinger has focused most of his radio activity on third world and developing nations including Mozambique, the former Soviet Union, Nepal, New Orleans’ 9th Ward, and most recently the Darien Gap of Panama. He will serve as a North American Delegate to the AMARC9 international radio conference in Amman, Jordan this November.

The World’s Most Dangerous Blonde is widely considered the top EMT/Paramedic in Texas. Ellinger and the WMDB will be joined by The Blade.

September is both National Passport Month and National Preparedness Month.

Follow Ellinger’s escapades at and, and blogs at
Ellinger’s website lists many of his past travel adventures.

On air interviews are available for scheduling now. Non-commercial, community-based media outlets will be given priority. Contact Jim Ellinger at Austin Airwaves, Inc. at (512) 796-4332 or Call or email for exact schedule.


The Atlantic Monthly


Texas Monthly

Stratfor Daily Terrorism Brief 09.01.2005 Strategic Forecasting, Inc. (Stratfor) Austin, TX

Planeta Borderlands

Escape From America Magazine real estate/travel magazine (same name, no connection)

September is National Passport Month

September is National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month 2006 Coalition Member Tool Kit:


Harris County Officials Block Efforts to Provide Free Radio Services to Evacuees

"And your town Jim, Austin Texas, has opened its heart to us here in Algiers and New Orleans. Thanks for the work with the station. Thanks for all you have done. Thank you!"
Malik Raheem, longtime Algiers housing activist speaking on WBAI- FM/Pacifica Radio in New York City 12:30am 9/14/05

[A 40w transmitter, antenna rig and related gear made its way from Austin to Algiers last week. The station went on the air yesterday. Folks from Free Radio Santa Cruz, Free Radio Berkeley, Portland IndyMedia and others deserve credit for their efforts as well. -jre]

“Evacuees” Please...
I wasn't gonna’ bother weighing in on this again, but here I go. The term "evacuees" is NOT "ridiculous," friend. And in speaking to several hundred of them in and around the Astrodome, while giving out our little FM radios, this seemed to be the most common self-reference. "Internal refugees?" Gimme' a break! Actually the second most common answer to describe these poor folks was "pissed off." Or to put it another way, I asked a young lady with three kids in tow what she preferred to be called, and she said, "You can call me Leticia, Sugar. Whadda' ya'll wanna' be called...?" jre Mon, 12 Sep 2005

Partial list of stories on Evacuee Radio Project at Houston Astrodome:

FEMA Rejection Form:
jim ellinger 9/14/05

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