As citizens we let our local leaders off the hook when we always focus on the federal government. The Federal Government is very clear about its ability to respond to emergencies and disasters. They make sure we know that they will not be there in the first 72 hours of the event. Forget about 72 hours if you are being ravaged by rising flood waters. How about waiting 72 hours for help when a raging wild fires are threatening your neighborhood? Once a tornado strikes why wait to find out how you are going to recover from it? Your local government officials know that the federal government cannot respond so what are their plans to get your life back on track?
You are standing there with your emergency kit and your flashlight. Are you waiting for the federal government? Have local government officials held a town meeting letting you know what the plan is and how your local taxes are going to be employed to return your community back to normal? Every jurisdiction has a local emergency management office that has a plan for disasters and emergencies. Have your community leaders or your condo or town association invited emergency management official out to educate you on your jurisdictions emergency management process? Or do they just watch to see if you are going to cut your grass or paint your house and fuss about that?
Emergency Management officials in your jurisdiction want to hear from you and want to let you know what the plan is when the big one hits. As a citizen you owe it to yourself to get involved in emergency planning and let officials know what you expect when emergencies and disasters strike.